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Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals


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ISBN: 9781905539765


NEW updated and revised 2nd EDITION


May 2017 M&K Publishing 244pp



Hannah Abbott, Associate Professor , Associate Head of School, Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences, Birmingham City University, UK


Mark Ranson, MA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Specialist Practitioner (NMC), Dip HE, RGN, Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of Suffolk, UK

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Today, an increasing number of healthcare professionals (including nurses, midwives and members of many allied professions) have to conduct the vital first stage in a patientís journey – taking a clinical history and conducting an effective physical examination. This book offers clear, practical guidance on the fundamentals of clinical examination for any practitioner who wishes to understand their patientís specific needs and to plan appropriate care.


Recognising that readers will come from a diverse range of clinical backgrounds and roles, the opening chapter (on consultation and the skills needed to take an accurate clinical history) underpins the systems-based approach. This, combined with the use of case study examples, allows healthcare professionals to focus on the principles of examining the system or systems that are most relevant to their specific area of practice. The book also includes a helpful glossary and list of abbreviations.


This new, updated edition contains revised chapters on genitourinary assessment, obstetric assessment and mental health assessment. There is also a completely new chapter on eye, ear, nose and throat assessment, covering the EENT conditions most commonly encountered in primary healthcare.


Contents include:

  • Consultation and clinical history-taking skills
  • Respiratory assessment
  • Cardiovascular assessment
  • Gastrointestinal assessment
  • Neurological assessment
  • Genitourinary assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Obstetric assessment
  • Mental health assessment
  • Perioperative assessment
  • Eye, ear, nose and throat assessment
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