Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses

Advanced Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses
4th Ed.
2019 © F. A. Davis Company
Laurie Grubbs PhD, ARNP-C; Mary Jo Goolsby EdD, MSN, NP-C, FAANP, FAAN
ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-6894-2
eISBN-13: 978-0-8036-9005-9
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./li>
  • • Quick-reference features, including red flags - assessment pearls - medications causing symptoms - and selected causes of symptoms.

New to this Edition:

  • • Updated, Expanded & Revised! Thoroughly updated to reflect the art and the science of practice as well as the newest evidence and changes in health care
  • • Two New Chapters! Assessment of the Transgender or the Gender Diverse Adult and Persons with Disabilities
  • • New Content! Disability screenings
  • • New! Contemporary, full-color design and art program

Doody's Reviews

Score: 78/100
3/5 Stars
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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

"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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