Accuracy of the Medical History: A Review of Current Concepts and Research

  • Richard M. Frankel
  • Howard B. Beckman
Part of the Frontiers of Primary Care book series (PRIMARY)


The Oxford English Dictionary (1985) defines accuracy as “a state of precision resulting from care; hence precision, nicety, exactness, correctness.” The Latin root accurat, from which the English word derives, refers to the qualities of exactness or correctness of things; in English usage, however, the term is now applied to persons as well. The difference in emphasis still exists in definition. As it relates to things, the Oxford English Dictionary defines accuracy as “exact conformity to a standard or truth.” As a characteristic or quality of persons, it is defined as “exactness; precision, nicety… as the result of care.” Thus, accuracy may be defined in either objective or interpersonal terms.


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  • Richard M. Frankel
  • Howard B. Beckman

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