The Initial Interview: Collaborative Information Gathering

  • Tad T. Gorske
  • Steven R. Smith

In this chapter we provide a brief overview of the initial interviewing process and discuss the importance of gathering relevant information in a collaborative manner. This is not meant to be a chapter on interviewing techniques, as there are many definitive books that adequately describe such methods (e.g., Adams, Parson, Culbertson, & Nixon, 1996; Green, 2000; Groth-Marnat, 2003). This chapter is meant to provide some principles of conducting an interview in a collaborative manner that enlist the patient as an active participant in the interviewing process. The perspective is that the patient, and/or their family, are the best source of information that will guide the assessment and eventual feedback.

Before progressing further, it is important to define what is meant by “the patient and/or their family are the best sources of information.” On the surface, this might sound like an overreliance on patient/family self-report when this may not be the best source of accurate information...


Neuropsychological Assessment Initial Interview Information Gathering Cognitive Issue Subjective Cognitive Complaint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tad T. Gorske
    • 1
  • Steven R. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh
  2. 2.Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Barbara

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