Suppose your patient Mr Parker was admitted due to stroke in 2015. So, how will you write?
- Mr Parker has a history of stroke?
- Mr Parker had a history of stroke?
- Mr Parker has had a history of stroke?
You may think it is “had” a history or “has had” a history because the word “history” refers to a past time. But, is it correct?
No. We mostly write “history” in present tense. However, there are times when you may have to write “She had a history…” when the condition is never recurrent.
- Ms Lee had a history of short-term memory from 2010 to 2011.
We use “had a history” when:
- the patient is not more experiencing the issue;
- the patient is no more in the risk of the condition.
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- Well, Mr Joe ________ a history of smallpox for three months in 1998.
- Most of the family members ______ a history renal failure for 5 to 10 years.