Auditory Hallucinations Interview Guide: Promoting Recovery with an Interactive Assessment Tool Abstract The Auditory Hallucinations Interview Guide (AHIG) is a 32-item tool to help psychiatric-mental health nurses assess the past and current experience of each voice hearer so they can provide more individualized care. This tool was developed as a research tool but has been found clinically useful in both inpatient and outpatient settings to help voice hearers and nurses develop a shared terminology of auditory hallucinations. Using the AHIG, voice hearers are able to tell their story in a structured and safe environment that encourages recovery. Through respect and active listening the psychiatric-mental health nurse communicates unconditional acceptance, caring and hope for recovery that helps develop rapport and promotes trust in the nurse-patient relationship. Once trust is developed, then the voice hearer and psychiatric-mental health nurse can work together to find effective strategies for managing auditory hallucinations including commands to harm self and others.
Louise Nigh Trygstad, Robin Kay Buccheri, Martha D. Buffum, Dau-shen Ju, and Glenna A. Dowling. "Auditory Hallucinations Interview Guide: Promoting Recovery with an Interactive Assessment Tool" Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services 53.1 (2015).