Date Published

February 11, 2020

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS 5.2


A good question will usually get a good answer. A bad question almost always gets a bad answer. Surprised? Try the following patient assessment activity with your fellow co-workers:

Try to think of an ailment or injury that you are suffering from. Each person can ask one question. Start at one side of the room and work your way around the room answering each person™s questions.

If you are asked a yes or no question (i.e. "Do you have any allergies?"), then answer, "Yes" or "No". If you are asked the better question ("What are your allergies?"), then list your allergies.

A sharp class will then ask the logical follow-up questions about your allergies:

Have you been exposed to any of those allergens?

  • What happens when you are exposed?
  • What treatment have you needed in the past for your allergic reaction?
  • Real patients answer yes or no questions with yes or no answers.

In real life, good questions get good answers!


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