The BATHE technique

This really represents a diagnostic technique to identify sources of disharmony which can act as a springboard for counselling.

The acronym BATHE stands for background, affect, trouble, handling and empathy, and can be summarised as follows.


Enquire about possible areas of psychosocial problems to help elicit the context of the patient's visit.

• 'Is there anything different since before you got sick?'

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