The History and Physical Examination, often called the “H&P”, is the starting point to the patient’s “story”, which sets the foundation for the reason the individual is seeking medical attention.

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History and Physical Examinations

The consultation during a History and Physical exam is an opportunity to explore the patient’s prior medical history, evaluate for health risk factors, and perform a thorough head-to-toe physical examination. During the exam, the provider diligently gathers information regarding the patient’s health and performs patient education as needed.

A detailed History and Physical Exam remain at the core of clinical practice, as most diagnoses can be made on History and Physical Examination alone.