The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd Edition
Mark Henderson MD, Director of the Residency Program, University of California-Davis School of Medicine; Gerald Smetana MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard University School of Medicine; Lawrence Tierney, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine
Softbound: 624 pages
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The classic introductory guide the the principles and execution of the patient interview -- now in full color. Cases open each chapter!
The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach carefully teaches students the steps in history taking, the most important part of the clinical examination. The book guides you through the initial patient presentation by including a list of key questions to ask and differential possibilities to keep in mind. The Patient History: Evidence-Based Approach has been acclaimed for its outstanding collection of decision-making algorithms that make the patient interview process understandable and effective for beginning students.
Highlighting the medical history as the core art of patient care, this book provides the tools to achieve clinical excellence:
Explores the techniques of patient-centered and doctor-centered interviewing
Presents the differential diagnosis, interview framework, alarm symptoms, focused questions with likelihood ratios, prognosis, and clinical pearls for each symptom
Integrates historical data with the epidemiology, prevalence, and prognosis of the most common conditions
A comprehensive and inspiring introduction to the timeless art of history-taking, The Patient History presents the fundamental principles that guide this process and enable health care professionals to establish the differential diagnosis for a given symptom.
Offers a patient-centered approach to the medical history by emphasizing symptoms rather than diseases
Applies principles of evidence-based medicine to the clinical history
Illustrates the history-taking process through the discussion of 60 common clinical symptoms, such as dizziness, weight loss, dyspnea, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, low back pain, memory loss, and anxiety
Includes diagnostic approach algorithms to summarize important concepts
Focuses on actual questions for use in daily practice
Provides tips for effective interviewing
Contributors present a patient-centered text for novice health care professionals. They begin with general symptoms, and work through a series of detailed questions to get the most from the initial contact with a patient and situation. They cover basic concepts—such as patient-centered interviewing and the evidence-based approach to clinical decision making—continue with a list of general symptoms, such as dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, and muscle weakness, and then address a variety of systemic symptoms, such as the cardiovascular, neurological, and psychiatric. They close with a chapter on communicating about and presenting the case.
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