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Patient Assessment & Diagnostics - Chapter Summary
Gain greater insight into geriatric assessments, developmental assessments, techniques for physical assessment and more by exploring this self-paced chapter. Fun lessons make it easy to comprehend the basics of patient assessment and diagnostics. Review them at your own pace to ensure you're able to:
- Explain how a SOAP note can assist in initial patient assessment
- Share guidelines for assessing pain and discomfort levels in patients
- Describe techniques and data collection for geriatric assessments
- Discuss the purpose and methods of diagnostic techniques
- Detail ways to differentiate between normal and abnormal diagnostic test results
- Provide details about the implementation, interpretation and follow-up of developmental assessments
- List and describe techniques for physical assessment
- Define and discuss the purpose of clinical assessment in psychology
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1. Basics of an Initial Patient Assessment
Assessing a patient may seem like an overwhelming assignment, but using the simple tool of a SOAP note makes it manageable. This lesson describes the format of a SOAP note and how it will help to guide your initial patient assessment.
2. Assessing Pain & Discomfort Levels in Patients
You are caring for someone who tells you they are experiencing pain. Is it really pain and how can you tell? The purpose of this lesson is to give you some guidelines as well as signs and symptoms that will alert you to whether or not a patient requires medication for pain.
3. Geriatric Assessments: Overview, Techniques & Data Collection
Are you having a senior moment trying to remember how to perform geriatric nursing assessments? In this lesson we will review the basics of geriatric nursing assessments, including an overview, techniques, and collection and documentation of subjective and objective data.
4. Diagnostic Techniques: Purpose & Methods
In this lesson we will cover the purpose and methods of certain diagnostic testing. Following basic screening tests, further diagnostic testing is often needed to monitor or understand diseases or dysfunctions.
5. Interpreting Diagnostic Test Results: Normal & Abnormal
This lesson goes over some tips and examples of interpreting diagnostic test results. This includes things like vital signs and bloodwork and some notes on developmental and psychosocial tests as well.
6. Developmental Assessments: Implementation, Interpretation & Follow-Up
As a nurse, you will often be required to assess a patient to learn more about their physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This lesson discusses some of the nuances of a strong developmental assessment.
7. Techniques for Physical Assessment
In this lesson, we will identify the techniques used to complete a physical assessment. We will discuss the purpose for each technique as well as how they are performed to obtain a physical assessment.
8. What is Clinical Assessment in Psychology? - Definition and Purpose
There are three main clinical assessments that psychologists use to determine a diagnosis for a patient. Learn when it is appropriate to use clinical interviews, neurological and biological testing, and intelligence testing as well as what kind of information each one provides.
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