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Kleinman’s 8 Questions:

Begin with finding a common term for the problem or illness: What do you call your illness or problem? What name does it have?

  1. What do you think caused this problem?
  2. Why do you think this problem started and when did it start?
  3. What do you think this problem does inside your body? How does it work?
  4. How severe is this problem? Will it have a short or long course?
  5. What kind of treatment do you think you should receive?
  6. What are the most important results you hope to receive from this treatment?
  7. What are the chief problems this illness has caused?
  8. What do you fear most about the illness/problem?