Physical Examination and Health Assessment - Canadian - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781926648729, 9781927406878

Physical Examination and Health Assessment - Canadian

2nd Edition

Authors: Carolyn Jarvis
Editors: Annette Browne June MacDonald-Jenkins Marian Luctkar-Flude
Hardcover ISBN: 9781926648729
eBook ISBN: 9781927406878
eBook ISBN: 9781926648798
Imprint: Saunders Canada
Published Date: 6th August 2013
Page Count: 912

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With an easy-to-read approach and unmatched learning support, Physical Examination & Health Assessment, Second Edition offers a clear, logical, and holistic approach to physical exam across the lifespan. Detailed illustrations, summary checklists, and new learning resources ensure that you learn all the skills you need to know. This gold standard in physical exam reflects what is going on in nursing today with coverage of emerging trends and new evidence-based content. It's easy to see why this text is, far and away, #1 in this market!

Key Features

  • Reading Level: 12.0
  • A clear, conversational writing style makes learning easier.
  • A two-column format distinguishes normal findings from abnormal findings, and uses color, step-by-step photos to clarify examination techniques and expected findings.
  • Over 1,100 full-colour illustrations present anatomy and physiology, examination techniques, and abnormal findings.
  • Developmental considerations help in caring for patients across the lifespan with age-specific assessment techniques for infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, and older adults.
  • Abnormal findings tables include over 300 pathology photos to help in recognizing, sorting, and describing abnormalities.
  • New Special Considerations for Advanced Assessment sections (selected chapters) outline advanced examination techniques and considerations
  • New Critical Findings boxes (selected chapters) identify noteworthy findings during an examination and outline associated nursing actions
  • Promoting Health boxes enable patient teaching and health promotion while performing the health assessment.
  • An emphasis on cultural competencies reflects today’s care considerations for an increasingly diverse patient population.
  • Documentation examples show how to record assessment findings in the patient’s chart, using the SOAP format.
  • Summary checklists provide a quick review of examination steps.
  • A companion Evolve website helps you review key content offering case studies with critical thinking questions, printable health promotion handouts, a head-to-toe examination video, heart and lung sounds, audio chapter summaries, and more.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Critical Thinking and Evidence-Informed Assessment

Chapter 2: Health Promotion in the Context of Health Assessment NEW!

Chapter 3: Cultural Competence: Cultural Care

Chapter 4: The Interview

Chapter 5: The Complete Health History

Chapter 6: Mental Health Assessment

Chapter 7: Substance Use in the Context of Health Assessment NEW!

Chapter 8: Interpersonal Violence Assessment


Chapter 9: Assessment Techniques and the Clinical Setting

Chapter 10: General Survey, Measurement, and Vital Signs

Chapter 11: Pain Assessment

Chapter 12: Nutritional Assessment and Nursing Practice


Chapter 13: Skin, Hair, and Nails

Chapter 14: Head and Neck, Including Regional Lymphatic System 

Chapter 15: Eyes

Chapter 16: Ears

Chapter 17: Nose, Mouth, and Throat

Chapter 18: Breasts and Regional Lymphatic System 

Chapter 19: Thorax and Lungs

Chapter 20: Heart and Neck Vessels

Chapter 21: Peripheral Vascular System and Lymphatic System

Chapter 22: Abdomen

Chapter 23: Anus, Rectum, and Prostate

Chapter 24: Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 25: Neurological System

Chapter 26: Male Genitourinary System

Chapter 27: Female Genitourinary System


Chapter 28: The Complete Health Assessment: Putting It All Together

Chapter 29: Bedside Assessment of the Hospitalized Patient

Chapter 30: Pregnancy

Chapter 31: Functional Assessment of the Older Adult


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About the Author

Carolyn Jarvis

Carolyn Jarvis, PhD, APRN, CNP

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University; Nurse Practitioner, Community Health Care Clinic, Bloomington, Illinois

About the Editor

Annette Browne

Annette J. Browne, PhD, RN

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia; New Investigator, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver, BC

June MacDonald-Jenkins

June MacDonald-Jenkins, RN, BScN, MSc

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Health and Community Studies, Durham College; Assistant Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON

Marian Luctkar-Flude

Marian Lucktkar-Flude, RN, BScN, MScN

Affiliations and Expertise

Health Assessment Lecturer & Course Coordinator, School of Nursing; Nursing Lab Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences Patient Simulation Lab, Queen's University; Project Coordinator, Interprofessional Health Education Through Patient Simulation; Nursing Research Program Coordinator, Nursing Research Unit, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON