Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses

Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses
5th Ed.
2023 © F. A. Davis Company
Mary Jo Goolsby EdD, MSN, NP-C, FAANP; Laurie Grubbs PhD, ARNP-C
ISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4593-5
eISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4830-1
Nursing, Diagnosis, Evidence Based Medicine, Point of Care


Your essential guide in the assessment and diagnostic process.

Step by step, you’ll hone your ability to perform effective health assessments, obtain valid data, interpret the findings, and recognize the range of conditions that can be indicated by specific findings to reach an accurate differential diagnosis. You’ll have coverage of 170 conditions and symptoms across the lifespan at your fingertips.

Key Features:

  • • Coverage of 170 conditions and symptoms across the life span—including children, older adults, and pregnant patients.
  • • Complaint-focused approach organized by body system, including discussions of complex conditions.
  • • Step-by-step how-to for taking a focused history, performing a physical based on presenting complaints/problems, and interpreting the findings.
  • • Guidance on selecting diagnostic tests and interpreting those studies to help narrow down the diagnoses.
  • • Prediction rules for selected disorders.
  • • Quick-reference features including; red flags, assessment pearls, medications causing symptoms, and selected causes of symptoms.

New to this Edition:

  • Expanded, Revised & Updated! Thoroughly updated to reflect the art and the science of primary care practice as well as the newest evidence and changes in health care
  • New Chapter! Differential Studies
  • New & Expanded! Content in Chapter 1 on history taking-techniques and skills for special populations
  • Expanded! Lab diagnostics information, as well as discussions of health disparities, cultural humility, and competency
  • New Content! Genetic testing for pharmacologic prescriptions for psychiatric mental health conditions
  • New! Diagnosis algorithm decision trees designed to help nurses assess and diagnose conditions such as chronic sore throat, chronic insomnia, and more

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"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."

-- Robert White, RN, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC(Rowan University School of Health Professions) Doody's Review - previous edition

"The purpose is to provide a quick reference for nurse practitioners and to serve as a text for nurse practitioner students who are studying health assessment and need help with assessment and obtaining a differential diagnosis. These worthy objectives are met."

-- Carole Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN (Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences) Doody's Review - previous edition


The audience includes nurse practitioner students, nurse practitioners and practicing clinicians.

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