HPI is a chronological description of the development of the patientâ€™s present illness from the first sign and/or symptom or from the previous encounter to the present. HPI elements are:
Location. For example, pain in left leg;
Quality. For example, aching, burning, radiating;
Severity. For example, 10 on a scale of 1 to 10;
Duration. For example, it started three days ago;
Timing. For example, it is constant or it comes and goes;
Context. For example, lifted large object at work;
Modifying factors. For example, it is better when heat is applied; and
Associated signs and symptoms. For example, numbness.
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