The 2nd edition of this AJN Book of the Year takes readers beyond the identification of physical assessment abnormalities to guide them through the process needed to arrive at a differential diagnosis. Its complaint-focused presentation makes it the perfect point-of-care resource for both classroom and clinical.
What's New: revised organization and new, two-color design to enhance usability; 32-page, full-color atlas of dermatology and other findings; new content on dry eye nystagmus hiccups fecal incontinence rectal pain atrophy restless legs gait abnormality tic tremor weight gain chronic pain insomnia and sleepiness; more quick-reference features, including red flags assessment pearls medications causing symptom and selected causes of symptoms; reference lists at the end of all chapters to support evidence-based practice; complaint-focused approach by body system; step-by-step how-tos for taking a focused history, performing a physical based on presenting complaints/problems, and interpreting the findings; summaries of specific physical assessment data and their interpretation for each body system; guidance on selecting and interpreting diagnostic studies as well as prediction rules for specific findings; and, lifespan coverage, including children, older adults, and pregnant patients.
Table of Contents
The Art of Assessment and Clinical Decision Making; The Art of Assessment and Clinical Decision Making; An Overview of Genetic Assessment; Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis by Body Regions and Systems; Skin; Head, Face, and Neck; The Eye; Ear, Nose, Mouth, and Throat; Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular; Respiratory System; Breasts; Abdomen; Genitourinary System; Male Reproductive System; Female Reproductive System; Musculoskeletal System; Neurological System; Nonspecific Complaints; Psychiatric; Mental Health; Assessments and Differential Diagnosis with Special Patient Populations; Pediatric Patients; Pregnant Patients; Older Patients.