Definition of case history in US English:

case history


  • A record of a person's background or medical history kept by a doctor or social worker.

    • ‘Her general practitioner faxed an urgent letter (not a cancer referral) to the consultant, detailing the case history.’
    • ‘Rather than make an office appointment, I decided to send him an E-mail message outlining my case history and asking for either treatment recommendations or a referral.’
    • ‘When a diagnosis has to be made the entire case history is taken into account.’
    • ‘I offer a case history of a client, M, who is in his early 30's who is diagnosed as schizoaffective-bipolar, non-medication compliant, abuses alcohol and street drugs.’
    • ‘The chiropractor should first take a complete case history, including past medical history and any lifestyle factors (such as type of work or exercise) that might be affecting the patient's problem.’
    • ‘That disturbing story was inspired by the real case history of a patient known in the medical literature only as ‘HM.’’
    • ‘Obtaining an accurate case history is essential to the diagnosis of hydatid disease.’
    • ‘The nub of his modest claim centred on a dramatic case history of a youth whose life was threatened by asthma.’
    • ‘A higher proportion of consultants now thought that including a summary of the case history in the consultant's letter was important.’
    • ‘Understanding the indicators of disease and differentiating between the likely causes entails taking a thorough case history and carrying out a good physical examination.’
    • ‘If you suspect that you have a food allergy, you should contact your GP who will help determine whether you have an allergy by taking a detailed case history of your reactions; so the more details that you can give, the better.’
    • ‘Two inconsistencies in the case history undermine the speculative diagnosis.’
    • ‘Take a real case history: a 27 year old woman presents for a routine examination with a small lump on her breast.’
    • ‘Each of the five students was assigned a case history to present and discuss during the weekly one-hour teleconference session.’
    • ‘My initial session involved an in-depth examination of my case history.’
    • ‘The case history does not mention the duration of zafirlukast therapy and does not provide information about prior use of corticosteroids.’
    • ‘His duties included acquiring gross pathologic specimens to document medical conditions suffered by American soldiers along with the case history.’
    • ‘The infants were discharged on day five with no further problems noted in their case history.’
    • ‘Another well known non-linear method is small group, problem based learning, in which a case history forms the basis of an exploratory dialogue facilitated by the tutor, and an emerging action plan is worked out by a group of participants.’
    • ‘In the second step, the mental health professional carefully reviews the case history, with range and type of records consulted depending on the referral question and legal issue.’
    account, accounts, document, documents, documentation, data, file, files, dossier, dossiers, information, evidence, report, reports
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case history

/ˈkās ˈˌhist(ə)rē//ˈkeɪs ˈˌhɪst(ə)ri/