5. “Worsts First”: How to Frame a Differential Diagnosis

  1. Ary L. Goldberger1,2 and
  2. Zachary D. Goldberger3

Published Online: 15 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch5

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

How to Cite

Goldberger, A. L. and Goldberger, Z. D. (2012) “Worsts First”: How to Frame a Differential Diagnosis, in Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Margret and H.A. Rey Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 AUG 2012

Book Series:

  1. Hospital Medicine: Current Concepts

Book Series Editors:

  1. Scott A. Flanders and
  2. Sanjay Saint

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118011430

Online ISBN: 9781118380697

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Keywords:

  • “WORSTS FIRST” and differential diagnosis, two-tiered process;
  • differential diagnosis of chest discomfort;
  • CPCs/CPS in NEJM, differential diagnoses, comprehensive/crisp;
  • major life-threatening causes of RUQ pain, worsts firsts;
  • differential diagnosis to be “n plus

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Differential Diagnosis of Chest Discomfort

  • Differential Diagnosis of Right Upper Quadrant Pain

  • n-Plus”: A Final Note on Crafting Differential Diagnoses

  • Mini-Summary