Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780803668942
ISBN-10: 0803668945
Copyright: 2019
Edition: 4th
Editor: Goolsby, Mary Jo, Grubbs, Laurie,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 78
Reviewer: Robert White,  RN, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC  (Rowan University School of Health Professions)
This guide to performing physical and historical examinations of patients based on their chief complaint includes guidelines for interpreting the findings to arrive at a definitive differential diagnosis. The complaint-focused organization makes this a point-of-care resource for both students and practitioners.
The main purpose is to provide a helpful guide for arriving at the most definitive differential diagnosis of patients with an endless list of chief complaints. In addition, the intent is to arm readers with adequate skills for performing assessments, gathering valid data, and undertaking accurate interpretation of the findings to facilitate the provision of effective, safe, and quality care to patients. The objectives are worthy because they are intended to strengthen the expertise of practitioners and increase students' knowledge about performing the assessments and diagnostic procedures, which are critical components of the nursing profession.
This is a useful resource for nursing students, resident nurses, and experienced nurses. The thoroughness of the guidelines makes the book useful for training nursing students and resident nurses and for strengthening the expertise of experienced nurses. The authors are renowned figures in the field of nursing who have made innumerable contributions to the field of nursing through research and authorship of books and seminal papers.
The book is divided into three major parts, which cover assessment and critical aspects of clinical decision making, the performance of the diagnostic process based on a body region and system approach, and the diagnosis of various demographics. The second part has several chapters that cover the assessment and the diagnostic process of all regions of the body and system. Each chapter begins with the guidelines for performing a historical examination followed by the physical examination, diagnostic studies, diagnostic statistics, and clinical decision-making resources. The clinical statistics in the diagnostic part are presented in a two-column table. The uniform organization of all chapters facilitates reading, which enhances understanding.
The presentation, organization, and the richness of the content make this book stand out compared to other, similar books. It provides a thorough, step-by-step process for performing assessments, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis that is impossible to get in other books. However, the quality of the book can be described as average because it uses a couple of sources to support the information.
Review Questionnaire
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1-10 Are the author's objectives met? 8
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 8
1-5 Is this written at an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 4
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 5
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 3
1-5 Rate the print quality of the illustrations. 4
1-5 Are there sufficient references? 3
1-5 Rate the currency of the references. 4
1-5 Rate the pertinence of the references. 4
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 4
1-5 If important in this specialty, rate the physical appearance of the book 4
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 6
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A