Physical Examination and Health Assessment - Canadian

Physical Examination and Health Assessment - Canadian

4th Edition - April 7, 2023

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  • Author: Carolyn Jarvis
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323875080
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323827416

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Learn how to take a clear, logical, and holistic approach to physical examination and health assessment across the lifespan! Using easy-to-follow language, detailed illustrations, summary checklists, and new learning resources, Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 4th Canadian Edition, is the gold-standard in physical examination textbooks. This new edition reflects today’s nursing practice with a greater focus on diverse communities, evidence-informed content throughout, and new and enhanced case studies focusing on critical thinking and clinical judgement. It's easy to see why this text is #1 with Canadian nursing students!

Table of Contents


    1. Critical Thinking and Evidence-Informed Assessment

    2. Health Promotion in the Context of Health Assessment

    3. Cultural Competence: Cultural Care

    4. The Interview

    5. The Complete Health History

    6. Mental Health Assessment

    7. Substance Use in the Context of Health Assessment

    8. Interpersonal Violence Assessment


    9. Assessment Techniques and the Clinical Setting

    10. General Survey, Measurement, and Vital Signs

    11. Pain Assessment

    12. Nutritional Assessment and Nursing Practice


    13. Skin, Hair, and Nails

    14. Head and Neck, Including Regional Lymphatic System

    15. Eyes

    16. Ears

    17. Nose, Mouth, and Throat

    18. Breasts and Regional Lymphatic System

    19. Thorax and Lungs

    20. Heart and Neck Vessels

    21. Peripheral Vascular System and Lymphatic System

    22. Abdomen

    23. Anus, Rectum, and Prostate

    24. Musculoskeletal System

    25. Neurological System

    26. Male Genitourinary System

    27. Female Genitourinary System


    28. The Complete Health Assessment: Putting It All Together

    29. Bedside Assessment of the Hospitalized Patient

    30. Pregnancy

    31. Functional Assessment of the Older Adult

    IBC: Laboratory Values

Product details

  • No. of pages: 992
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: April 7, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323875080
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323827416

About the Author

Carolyn Jarvis

Carolyn Jarvis, PhD, APRN, CNP

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University; Certified Nurse Practitioner (retired), Bloomington, Illinois

About the Editors

Annette Browne

Dr. Annette J., Browne, RN, PhD, FCAHS Building on her experience as a nurse who lived and worked within First Nations and Inuit communities, Annette’s research has generated a body of evidence aimed at improving healthcare and health outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples affected by health and social inequities. Working in partnership with communities, health and policy leaders, and clinicians, recent studies have focused on: the impact of organizational interventions to improve health equity in primary health care; health promoting interventions with Indigenous women experiencing violence, and; strategies to improve equity-oriented care in emergency departments. Annette is a member of the EQUIP Health Care research team, and Critical Research in Health and Healthcare Inequities team leader. Annette is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has taught advanced health assessment to nurse practitioners and post-RNs for many years, and is the Canadian co-editor of Jarvis’s Physical Examination and Health Assessment, Canadian Edition. Annette is a settler of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and ally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Distinguished University Scholar ,Associate Director, Graduate Programs School of Nursing University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC

June MacDonald-Jenkins

June MacDonald-Jenkins, BN, BScN, MSc

Affiliations and Expertise

Sr. Dean Faculty of Social and Community Services Principal, Lakeshore Campus Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Toronto, Ontario

Marian Luctkar-Flude

Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN, PhD, CCSNE With over 20 years medical-surgical nursing experience in various clinical settings, Dr. Luctkar-Flude has been teaching undergraduate nursing at Queen's University since 2001; initially as a clinical instructor and then as the Nursing Lab Coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences Patient Simulation Lab, with the responsibility for coordinating all nursing lab and simulation activities. Dr. Luctkar-Flude is Co-President of the Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-sim), which serves as a platform for simulation collaboration among health educators.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

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