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Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0323074179

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ISBN13: 978-0323074179
ISBN10: 0323074170
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Edition/Copyright: 4TH 12
Publisher: C.V. Mosby Co.
Published: 2012
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Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care - 4TH 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-0323074179

Joyce E. Dains

ISBN13: 978-0323074179
ISBN10: 0323074170
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 12
Publisher: C.V. Mosby Co.

Published: 2012
International: No
Summary

Designed for advanced practice nurses and advanced practice nursing students, as well as Physician's Assistant students and practitioners, Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 4th Edition, is a practical resource that takes you to the ''next step'' of health assessment, beyond basic history and physical examination and through the diagnostic reasoning process. Accessible and concise, it approaches physical examination by focusing on a specific chief complaint rather than a diagnosis of a disease entity. Each chapter is organized into four major areas: Focused History; Focused Physical Examination; Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies; and Differential Diagnosis. Those who master the diagnostic reasoning process in this text will be able to accurately diagnose the majority of conditions they will see in clinical practice.



  • Easy-to-follow format with consistent organization improves your ability to understand and accurately perform the different elements of the diagnostic reasoning process:
    • Focused History sections walk you through the thinking process involved in obtaining a pertinent, relevant, problem-specific history that will assist in differential diagnosis.
    • Key Questions highlight what questions to ask the patient, followed by an explanation of what the patient's responses might signify, to guide you toward an accurate assessment and precise diagnosis.
    • Focused Physical Examination sections explain how to conduct more advanced diagnostic techniques and offer interpretations of the findings.
    • Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies sections give a brief outline of what types of laboratory or diagnostic studies would be appropriate for the chief complaint or suspected diagnosis.
    • Differential Diagnosis sections contain the most common differen

Table of Contents

I Introduction 1 1 Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis 2 II Common Problems, of the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat 7 2 Earache 8 3 Sore throat 19 4 Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Congestion 30 5 Hoarseness 40 6 Red Eye 49 7 Vision Loss 62 III Common Problems of the Skin 77 8 Rashes and Skin Lesions 78 IV Common Problems of the Cardiovascular System 99 9 Chest Pain 100 10 Evidenced-Based Practice: Diagnosing Syncope 120 V Common Problems of the Respiratory System 129 11 Dyspnea 130 12 Cough 148 VI Common Problems of the Abdomen and Gastrointestinal System 165 13 Abdominal Pain 166 14 Diarrhea 192 15 Constipation 210 16 Rectal Pain, Itching, and Bleeding 219 VII Common Problems of the Genitourinary System 233 17 Urinary Incontinence 234 18 Urinary Problems in Females and Children 246 19 Genitourinary Problems in Males 257 20 Penile Discharge 270 VIII Common Gynecological Problems 279 21 Vaginal Discharge and Itching 280 22 Vaginal Bleeding 293 23 Amenorrhea 309 IX Common Problems of the Breasts 325 24 Breast Lumps and Nipple Discharge 326 25 Breast Pain 341 X Common Problems of the Musculoskeletal System 349 26 Limb Pain 350 27 Acute Low Back Pain 377 XI Common Problems of the Neurological System 391 28 Headache 392 29 Dizziness 408 XII Common Problems in Mental Status 421 30 Confusion in Older Adults 422 31 Sleep Problems 436 XIII Common Systemic Problems 449 32 Fever 450 33 Fatigue 465 App. A Conversion Tables 477 App. B Temperature Equivalents 478 App. C Body Mass Index (BMI) Chart 479 Bibliography 480

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