A mnemonic for taking a social history

Posted: 2011-10-01

Problems elicited during social history are often a huge part of why the patient is seeking help in the first place, and obviously no dry, cynical acronym can do justice to the impact on their lives — but having a basic structure to hang things on is good. I use the mnemonic/initialism “CATASSTROPHE” (or “CATASTROPHE”):

There’s another CATASTROPHE mnemonic used to explain falls.