ISBN: 9780323085038
Page Count: 528
Imprint: Mosby
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Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care - Pageburst E-Book on VitalSource, 4th Edition

by Joyce E. Dains, DrPH, JD, RN, FNP, BC, DPNAP, Linda Ciofu Baumann, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN and Pamela Scheibel, RN, MSN, CPNP
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ISBN: 9780323085038
Page Count: 528
Imprint: Mosby
List Price: $48.07
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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 differential diagnoses for each chief complaint and summarize the history and physical examination findings, along with the laboratory and diagnostic studies indicated.
    • Differential Diagnosis tables offer an at-a-glance summary of possible diagnoses.
    • Reordered table of contents, organized alphabetically by patient problem rather than by body system, simplifies and accelerates information retrieval. A list of chapters by body system is also included for reference.
    • Three new chapters:
      • Chapter 23: Palpitations
      • Chapter 36: Weight Loss/Gain (Unintentional)
      • Chapter 38: The Abdominal X-ray
    • Additional Evidence-Based Practice boxes provide additional research-based tips on conducting the most effective exams for more accurate diagnoses.

    1. Clinical Reasoning, Differential Diagnosis, and Evidence-Based Practice


    2. Abdominal Pain

    3. Affective Changes

    4. Amenorrhea

    5. Breast Lumps and Nipple Discharge

    6. Breast Pain

    7. Chest Pain

    8. Confusion in Older Adults

    9. Constipation

    10. Cough

    11. Diarrhea

    12. Dizziness

    13. Dyspnea

    14. Earache

    15. Fatigue

    16. Fever

    17. Genitourinary Problems in Males

    18. Headache

    19. Hoarseness

    20. Limb Pain

    21. Low Back Pain, Acute

    22. Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Congestion

    23. Palpitations (NEW!)

    24. Penile Discharge

    25. Rashes and Skin Lesions

    26. Rectal Pain, Itching, and Bleeding

    27. Red Eye

    28. Sleep Problems

    29. Sore Throat

    30. Syncope

    31. Urinary Incontinence

    32. Urinary Problems in Females and Children

    33. Vaginal Bleeding

    34. Vaginal Discharge and Itching

    35. Vision Loss

    36. Weight Loss/Gain (Unintentional) (NEW!)


    37. The Chest X-ray

    38. The Abdominal X-ray (NEW!)

  • Joyce E. Dains, DrPH, JD, RN, FNP, BC, DPNAP, Advanced Practice Nursing Program Director, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Linda Ciofu Baumann, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Nursing Practice, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI and Pamela Scheibel, RN, MSN, CPNP, Clinical Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, Madison, WI
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