The aim of history is to obtain relevant information to assist in identifying illness and injury.

Choosing the right structured approach (or approaches) ensures that detail is not missed while unnecessary steps are avoided.

MIST is a standardised handover/history tool often used by paramedics and emergency clinicians.
A great approach to gathering important history, often used by paramedics and emergency nurses.
Great for pain history (pain is the most common reason for coming to ED) but also can be used for other symtoms.
Additional focussed history is helpful in the pregnant patient.