The BATHE technique was designed to quickly obtain psychosocial information to expand the context of SOAP notes and to connect with patients.1 Evidence suggests that exploring these issues during an office visit can both enhance the physician’s understanding of the patient’s life situation and improve patient satisfaction and empowerment. The technique consists of asking five questions:
1. Stuart MR, Lieberman JA. The Fifteen Minute Hour: Efficient and Effective Patient-Centered Consultation Skills. 6th ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2018.
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