Physical Assessment for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (Paperback)
  • Physical Assessment for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (Paperback)

Physical Assessment for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (Paperback)

Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 15/03/2019
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Physical Assessment for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals offers a practical and comprehensive guide to best clinical practice when taking patient history and physical examination. This accessible text is structured in accordance with the competencies for advanced practice in assessment, diagnosis and treatment as published by the RCN. Following a systematic, systems-based approach to patient assessment, it includes a summary of the key clinical skills needed to develop and improve clinical examination in order to confidently assess, diagnose, plan and provide outstanding care.

In this revised edition, colour photographs and case studies have been included to assist health care practitioners in their assessment of the patient. This important guide:

Includes a highly visual colour presentation with photographs and illustrationsFeatures a wide range of key learning points to help guide practiceOffers illustrative examples, applications to practice and case studies

Written for health care students, newly qualified and advanced nurse practitioners, and those in the allied health professions, Physical Assessment for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals is the essential guide for developing the skills needed to accurately access patient history and physical examination.

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9781119108979
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 1010 g
Dimensions: 254 x 179 x 22 mm
Edition: 3rd Edition


In order for nurses and related healthcare professionals to be able to provide a high level of holistic care to their patients based on clinical reasoning, it is essential that they possess effective physical assessment skills which will assist them in gathering the cues which will ultimately direct them towards compiling differential diagnoses. With regards to appropriate publications focusing on this aspect of assessment, there is a wide range to choose from, which vary in size, complexity and cost, all of which can be off-putting to the potential reader. Wiley Blackwell appears to have addressed these three issues within their new physical assessment publication, edited by Professor Carol Cox from the University of London. Those individuals seeking a very readable but concise resource (440 pages) will find that this book will meet their needs and will be impressed by a large number of quality illustrations/photographs and clearly laid out blocks of text.

The content is divided up into 18 chapters ranging from interviewing and history taking through to imaging techniques, clinical investigations and interpretation and each of the different authors brings with them a wealth of experience and qualifications from their own clinical speciality. Each chapter provides the reader with clear and concise information interspersed with appropriate tables and diagrams which contribute towards enhancing the overall learning experience. Despite the high level of general readability, all of the content is very well supported by an appropriate level of quality references supporting evidence-based practice. With regards to consolidating the learning that has occurred during the reading of the chapter, the reader has the opportunity to review a relevant short case study which greatly encourages the nurse to reflect on their self-learning and to identify aspects of the topic that they may wish to further develop.

Physical assessment is a vital component of patient care and is firmly ingrained within both undergraduate and post-graduate nurse/healthcare education and it is essential that professionals can source an affordable but comprehensive resource. With this book retailing for approximately $75 (NZ), it makes it very attractive for those on a limited budget. This book has a good appealing nature to it and will be a welcome addition to the range of physical assessment resources, regardless of a student's academic ability.


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