Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 4th Edition
by Joyce E. Dains, Linda Ciofu Baumann, Pamela Scheibel
With this practical resource, you’ll take the “next step” in health assessment. It takes you beyond a basic history and physical examination-and helps you master the process of diagnostic reasoning. Rather than beginning a physical exam with a diagnosis of a disease entity, this book offers an approach that centers on common chief concerns encountered in primary care settings. Master the differential diagnoses in this book, and you’ll be able to more accurately assess the patients you see in practice.
Inside you’ll find features that will help you identify your patient’s diagnosis more effectively: A new Mood, Behavior Changes, and Psychosocial Concerns chapter on commonly encountered psychological conditions and psychosocial concerns, helping you to elicit more information, determine suicidal risk, and evaluate for a diagnosable psychological disorder. A new Chest Film chapter on reading and interpreting chest x-rays. Integrated material on symptoms and diagnoses specific to children. Evidence-based practice summaries and recommendations.
Each chapter is organized to include: Diagnostic Reasoning: Focused History on using patient history and the physical examination as part of a problem-based approach to diagnosis. Key Questions to ask the patient and a discussion of common responses. Diagnostic Reasoning: Focused Physical Examination for guidelines in determining which exam components to perform. Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies outlining appropriate laboratory or diagnostic tests for a patient’s chief concern or suspected diagnosis. Differential Diagnosis discussions of the findings from the history, physical examination and laboratory and diagnostic studies. DifferentialDiagnosis tables offering an at a glance summary of possible diagnoses.
- ISBN-13: 9780323074179
- Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
- Publication date: 6/7/2011
- Edition description: New Edition
- Edition number: 4
- Pages: 528