Initial Patient Interview

  • Ian E. Wickramasekera


Patients may be referred to a behavioral medicine practitioner for a variety of reasons. Generally, the bulk of these referrals come from physicians with patients who present chronic physical complaints in the absence, on repeated investigations, of physical findings. Alternatively, they are patients whose somatic complaints have been unresponsive to multiple, conventional chemical and/or surgical interventions. Often the referrals are poorly made. Without rapid and effective patient reorientation by the behavioral medicine practitioner, these patients are unlikely to make or keep an appointment, or if they come in, to return after the first visit.


Initial Interview Therapeutic Work Consult Room Tertiary Care Medical Center Salient Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian E. Wickramasekera
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  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Stress Disorders Research LaboratoryEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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