Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses

  • ISBN 9780803621725

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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.
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