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Advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, 2d ed. (online access included).


Advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, 2d ed. (online access included)

Rhoads, Jacqueline and Sandra Wiggins Petersen.

Jones & Bartlett


502 pages




Rhoads (nursing, U. of Texas Medical Branch) and Petersen (nursing, U. of Texas, Tyler) explain the physical examination component of health assessment and the subsequent diagnostic reasoning of the healthcare provider, explaining each step of the process to show the connections between health history and physical examination and providing data for healthcare providers to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. The first three chapters outline strategies for health history taking, physical examination, and documentation, followed by clinical aspects of assessment for various systemic disorders. Each of these chapters contains an anatomy and physiology review; information on health history; description of the equipment needed; the steps of the physical exam; diagnostic reasoning aspects; a differential diagnosis table for common disorders; a section on assessment of pregnant, neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric patients; and case studies that include sample documentation. Resources such as case studies and virtual labs can be accessed online.

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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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