Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses / Edition 2

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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.

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This is an advanced health assessment book aimed at helping nurse practitioner students and nurse practitioners narrow down a diagnosis. It provides tips on how to address unusual case presentations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick reference for nurse practitioners and to serve as a text for nurse practitioner students who are studying health assessment and need help with assessment and obtaining a differential diagnosis. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: The audience includes nurse practitioner students and nurse practitioners. The author is very credible.
Features: The book starts with an introduction of advanced health assessment and how this relates to formulating a differential diagnosis. The next section addresses application of the content using a systems approach. The last section focuses on vulnerable populations like the elderly, children, and pregnant women. In the systems section a typical approach to assessment is used: history, physical, order of examination, special considerations, differential diagnosis of chief complaint, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic tests. Illustrations are helpful, for example, palpation of lymph nodes and one of inflamed tonsils, but these would have been better in color like the ones of various skin conditions and the accompanying assessment techniques/maneuvers.
Assessment: There are several books that cover the same material. Rhoads's Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2005) uses the diagnostic reasoning framework to teach general health assessment and is closer to this book than are the following two. Dains et al., Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 2nd edition (Mosby, 2003), is aimed at application of the diagnostic reasoning framework, starting with the chief complaint and applying the diagnostic process. Carcio's Advanced Health Assessment of Women: Clinical Skills and Procedures (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 1999), focuses on health assessment for women. In comparison, this book accomplishes its goals but falls short in illustrating the application of diagnostic reasoning so critical to today's practice setting.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803621725
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 4/22/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 51,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I The Art of Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making

Chapter 1 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making: An Overview 2

Chapter 2 An Overview of Genetic Assessment 12

Part II Advanced Assessment and Differential Diagnosis by Body Regions and Systems

Chapter 3 Skin 44

Chapter 4 Head, Face, and Neck 70

Chapter 5 The Eye 91

Chapter 6 Ear, Nose, Mouth, and Throat 118

Chapter 7 Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Systems 162

Chapter 8 Respiratory System 206

Chapter 9 Breasts 225

Chapter 10 Abdomen 243

Chapter 11 Genitourinary System 297

Chapter 12 Male Reproductive System 337

Chapter 13 Female Reproductive System 374

Chapter 14 Musculoskeletal System 411

Chapter 15 Neurological System 450

Chapter 16 Nonspecific Complaints 478

Chapter 17 Psychiatric Mental Health 500

Part III Assessments and Differential Diagnosis With Special Patient Populations

Chapter 18 Pediatric Patients 530

Chapter 19 Pregnant Patients 567

Chapter 20 Older Patients 598

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    Acceptable, but not authoritative

    An excellent compendium of useful information on many health conditions, this text operates more efficiently as a pocket health assessment guide rather than a true textbook.

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