Introduction: The First Approach xxv
Chapter 1 Interviewing and History Taking 1
Chapter 2 General Health Assessment 15
Chapter 3 Examination of the Skin, Hair, and Nails 37
Chapter 4 Examination of the Cardiovascular System 67
Chapter 5 Examination of the Respiratory System 103
Chapter 6 Examination of the Abdominal System 123
Chapter 7 Examination of the Male Genitalia 149
Chapter 8 Examination of the Female Breast 159
Chapter 9 Examination of the Female Reproductive System 167
Chapter 10 Examination of the Nervous System 185
Chapter 11 Examination of the Eye 241
Chapter 12 Mental Health Assessment 267
Chapter 13 Examination of the Musculoskeletal System 287
Chapter 14 Assessment of the Child 333
Chapter 15 Assessment of Disability Including Care of the Older Adult 375
Chapter 16 Imaging Techniques, Clinical Investigations, and Interpretation 383
Chapter 17 Basic Examination, Notes, and Diagnostic Principles 415
Chapter 18 Presenting Cases and Communication 425
Physical Assessment for Health Care Professionals offers a practical and comprehensive guide to best clinical practice when taking patient history and physical examination. This accessible text is structured in accordance with the competencies for advanced practice in assessment, diagnosis and treatment as published by the RCN. Following a systematic, systems-based approach to patient assessment, it includes a summary of the key clinical skills needed to develop and improve clinical examination in order to confidently assess, diagnose, plan and provide outstanding care.
In this revised edition, colour photographs and case studies have been included to assist health care practitioners in their assessment of the patient. This important guide:
• Includes a highly visual colour presentation with photographs and illustrations.
• Features a wide range of key learning points to help guide practice.
• Offers illustrative examples, applications to practice and case studies.
• Is available in a range of digital formats – perfect for ‘on the go’ study and reference.
Written for health care students, newly qualified and advanced nurse practitioners, and those in the allied health professions, Physical Assessment for Health Care Professionals is the essential guide for developing the skills needed to accurately access patient history and physical examination.
Carol Lynn Cox is Professor Emeritus, School of Health Sciences, City, University of London, UK, and Clinic Manager and Director of Nursing, Health and Hope Clinics, Pensacola, Florida, USA.