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Environmental History-Taking

child eating cakeThe environmental history is a fundamental tool that allows the health professional to explore and assess the links between a child’s health and aspects of their environment. It is through the environmental history that the clinician might also identify the need for awareness building and preventive education of parents and patients.

The following is a comprehensive environmental history model. It is intended to present a wide range of potentially relevant areas of inquiry for diverse health problems. These may not necessarily be applicable to each individual or community. Physicians will need to tailor their own environmental history approach to suit the needs of their practice.

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