1. An Overview to Clinical Diagnosis

  1. Phil Jevon RN, BSc (Hons), PGCE Resuscitation
  1. Phil Jevon RN, BSc (Hons), PGCE Resuscitation

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340051.ch1

Clinical Diagnosis

Clinical Diagnosis

How to Cite

Jevon, P. (2011) An Overview to Clinical Diagnosis, in Clinical Diagnosis (ed P. Jevon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340051.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Clinical Skills Lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Author Information

  1. Clinical Skills Lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335163

Online ISBN: 9781444340051

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Keywords:

  • clinical diagnosis - history taking and clinical examination, structured logical approach;
  • history taking, ‘searching for clues, collecting information without bias - on track to solve puzzle’;
  • medical history, carefully taken - diagnosis or diagnostic possibilities;
  • rapport with patient, being on same wavelength - mentally and emotionally;
  • effective listening skills - and effective communication skills, and history taking;
  • sequence of history taking;
  • history of patient's presenting complaint - history of current illness;
  • systemic enquiry, relating to bodily systems - linked to presenting complaint;
  • possibility of non-compliance - with prescription drugs, considered;
  • diseases, that have affected patient's relatives - strong genetic link established

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction

  • Objectives of History Taking

  • Establishing a Rapport with the Patient

  • Importance of Effective Listening Skills

  • Sequence of History Taking

  • An Overview of Clinical Examination

  • Tests and Investigations

  • Conclusion

  • References