Physical Examination and Health Assessment - Canadian, 2nd Edition

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Physical Examination and Health Assessment - Canadian, 2nd Edition


With an easy-to-read approach and unmatched learning support, Physical Examination & Health Assessment, Second Edition offers a clear, logical, and holistic approach to physical exam across the lifespan. Detailed illustrations, summary checklists, and new learning resources ensure that you learn all the skills you need to know. This gold standard in physical exam reflects what is going on in nursing today with coverage of emerging trends and new evidence-based content. It's easy to see why this text is, far and away, #1 in this market!

    • Reading Level: 12.0
    • A clear, conversational writing style makes learning easier.
    • A two-column format distinguishes normal findings from abnormal findings, and uses color, step-by-step photos to clarify examination techniques and expected findings.
    • Over 1,100 full-colour illustrations present anatomy and physiology, examination techniques, and abnormal findings.
    • Developmental considerations help in caring for patients across the lifespan with age-specific assessment techniques for infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, and older adults.
    • Abnormal findings tables include over 300 pathology photos to help in recognizing, sorting, and describing abnormalities.
    • New Special Considerations for Advanced Assessment sections (selected chapters) outline advanced examination techniques and considerations
    • New Critical Findings boxes (selected chapters) identify noteworthy findings during an examination and outline associated nursing actions
    • Promoting Health boxes enable patient teaching and health promotion while performing the health assessment.
    • An emphasis on cultural competencies reflects today’s care considerations for an increasingly diverse patient population.
    • Documentation examples show how to record assessment findings in the patient’s chart, using the SOAP format.
    • Summary checklists provide a quick review of examination steps.
    • A companion Evolve website helps you review key content offering case studies with critical thinking questions, printable health promotion handouts, a head-to-toe examination video, heart and lung sounds, audio chapter summaries, and more.
      • NEW evidence-informed guidelines ensure a focus on conducting the most effective, qualitative exams.
      • NEW Health Promotion in the Context of Health Assessment chapter explains the concepts of health promotion (including levels of prevention, social determinants of health, and the health care provider’s role in health promotion efforts)
      • NEW Substance Use and Health Assessment chapter addresses this increasingly critical aspect of holistic patient assessments.
      • 100 new photos of step-by-step examination techniques include all-new exam panoramas for key systems.
      • 100 new abnormal findings photos provide instant visual cues for findings that are unexpected or that require referral for follow-up care.


      Chapter 1: Critical Thinking and Evidence-Informed Assessment

      Chapter 2: Health Promotion in the Context of Health Assessment NEW!

      Chapter 3: Cultural Competence: Cultural Care

      Chapter 4: The Interview

      Chapter 5: The Complete Health History

      Chapter 6: Mental Health Assessment

      Chapter 7: Substance Use in the Context of Health Assessment NEW!

      Chapter 8: Interpersonal Violence Assessment


      Chapter 9: Assessment Techniques and the Clinical Setting

      Chapter 10: General Survey, Measurement, and Vital Signs

      Chapter 11: Pain Assessment

      Chapter 12: Nutritional Assessment and Nursing Practice


      Chapter 13: Skin, Hair, and Nails

      Chapter 14: Head and Neck, Including Regional Lymphatic System 

      Chapter 15: Eyes

      Chapter 16: Ears

      Chapter 17: Nose, Mouth, and Throat

      Chapter 18: Breasts and Regional Lymphatic System 

      Chapter 19: Thorax and Lungs

      Chapter 20: Heart and Neck Vessels

      Chapter 21: Peripheral Vascular System and Lymphatic System

      Chapter 22: Abdomen

      Chapter 23: Anus, Rectum, and Prostate

      Chapter 24: Musculoskeletal System

      Chapter 25: Neurological System

      Chapter 26: Male Genitourinary System

      Chapter 27: Female Genitourinary System


      Chapter 28: The Complete Health Assessment: Putting It All Together

      Chapter 29: Bedside Assessment of the Hospitalized Patient

      Chapter 30: Pregnancy

      Chapter 31: Functional Assessment of the Older Adult

      Carolyn Jarvis, PhD, APN, CNP, Professor, School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University; Nurse Practitioner, Community Health Care Clinic, Bloomington, Illinois, Annette J. Browne, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia; New Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver, BC, June MacDonald-Jenkins, RN, BScN, MSc, Professor, School of Health and Community Studies, Durham College; Assistant Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON and Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN, BScN, MScN, Health Assessment Lecturer & Course Coordinator, School of Nursing; Nursing Lab Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences Patient Simulation Lab, Queen's University; Project Coordinator, Interprofessional Health Education Through Patient Simulation; Nursing Research Program Coordinator, Nursing Research Unit, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON


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