Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care

Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care

6th Edition - December 22, 2018

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  • Authors: Joyce Dains, Linda Baumann, Pamela Scheibel
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323676625
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323554961
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323594547

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Learn to accurately diagnose the majority of patients seen in today’s primary care settings! Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 6th Edition goes beyond basic history and physical examination skills to help you learn the diagnostic reasoning process. You will develop this key skill by following assessment guidelines that focus on a specific complaint rather than beginning with a previously established diagnosis or disease entity. Written by advanced practitioners, this edition includes a new chapter on The Transgender Patient that gives you the knowledge you need to properly assess and care for this underserved patient population. It also features expanded coverage of geriatrics, highly infectious diseases, coordination with the interprofessional healthcare team, genetics/genomics in lab testing and family history, updates on psychiatric-mental health problems, and more!

Key Features

  • A clear, consistent diagnostic reasoning process takes you to the next step of health assessment -- beyond basic history and physical examination to diagnostic reasoning.
  • Diagnostic Reasoning: Focused History sections use "self-questions" to walk you through the thinking process involved in obtaining a pertinent, relevant, problem-specific history that will assist in differential diagnosis.
  • Diagnostic Reasoning: Focused Physical Examination sections explain how to perform more advanced diagnostic techniques and interpret the findings.
  • Key Questions guide you through assessment and toward an accurate diagnosis by listing questions to ask the patient, followed by explanations of what the patient's responses might signify.
  • Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies sections outline the types of tests that might be appropriate based on the focused history and focused physical examination.
  • Differential Diagnosis sections offer the most common diagnoses for each patient problem and summarize the history and physical examination findings, along with recommended laboratory and diagnostic studies.
  • Differential Diagnosis tables provide you with a quick-reference summary of possible diagnoses for each patient problem.
  • Evidence-Based Practice boxes -- more than 30 NEW -- summarize the scientific evidence related to the diagnosis of patient problems.
  • Evidence-Based Preventive Health Screening chapter helps you to screen for common asymptomatic conditions and promote wellness.
  • Information on screening for abuse and sexual assault helps you identify patients who might need additional support or intervention.
  • List of Chapters by Body System provides a convenient Table of Contents organized by body system.

Table of Contents


    1. Clinical Reasoning, Differential Diagnosis, Evidence-Based Practice, and Symptom Analysis
    2. Evidence-Based Health Screening


    3. Abdominal Pain
    4. Affective Changes
    5. Amenorrhea
    6. Breast Lumps and Nipple Discharge
    7. Breast Pain
    8. Chest Pain
    9. Confusion in Older Adults
    10. Constipation
    11. Cough
    12. Diarrhea
    13. Dizziness
    14. Dyspnea
    15. Earache
    16. Fatigue
    17. Fever
    18. Genitourinary Problems in Males
    19. Headache
    20. Heartburn and Indigestion
    21. Hoarseness
    22. Lower Extremity Limb Pain
    23. Upper Extremity Limb Pain
    24. Low Back Pain (Acute)
    25. Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Congestion
    26. Palpitations
    27. Penile Discharge
    28. Rashes and Skin Lesions
    29. Rectal Pain, Itching, and Bleeding
    30. Red Eye
    31. Sleep Problems
    32. Sore Throat
    33. Syncope
    34. Urinary Incontinence
    35. Urinary Problems in Females and Children
    36. Vaginal Bleeding
    37. Vaginal Discharge and Itching
    38. Vision Loss
    39. Weight Loss/Gain (Unintentional)


    40. The Abdominal X-Ray
    41. The Chest X-Ray


    42. The Transgender Patient


Product details

  • No. of pages: 642
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Mosby 2019
  • Published: December 22, 2018
  • Imprint: Mosby
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323676625
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323554961
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323594547

About the Authors

Joyce Dains

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Practice;The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center,Houston, Texas

Linda Baumann

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Pamela Scheibel

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

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