Activity ID



April 1, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

American Academy on Communication in Healthcare


Families are the context within which most health problems and illnesses occur, and skillful family interviewing improves health outcomes. Despite changing demographics of American families, most patients live with family members and are strongly influenced by family relationships. The family remains the most basic relational unit and intimate social environment in our society. As such, the family has a major influence on the physical and mental health of its members. Clinicians have the opportunity to anticipate and reduce the adverse effects of family stress and utilize the family as a resource in patient care. The biopsychosocial model emphasizes interrelationships between biological, interpersonal and social factors in health. It recognizes that the family is the primary source of health beliefs, health-related behaviors, stress, and emotional support.

Diplomate Engagement

Self-assessment questions tailored to each specific module topic are required upon module completion. Multiple choice questions required; open-ended discussion questions are optional.

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Educational Objectives

Demonstrate how to join with both patient and family.
Demonstrate setting the agenda with the patient and family in the room.
Demonstrate the most effective method of gathering information and managing a medical family interview.
Identify methods of responding to family members' emotions.
Describe an effective method for establishing a plan with a family during a medical family interview.


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Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Physician Well-being activity

Efficiencies in Medical Practice

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Communication Skills, Assessment, Quality Improvement, Professionalism, Physician-Patient Relationship

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