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Review of the week

We’ve almost reached the end of the week, and reviewed all the key features of the consultation.

As we’ve identified, 80% of a diagnosis can be made using the history alone so it’s clearly key to the overall assessment of a patient (Hampton et al. 1975).

To conclude, please take the short quiz to review and check your learning

Next week we’‘ll look at the physical assessment itself.

This week you have:

  • discussed why nurses should perform physical health assessments
  • examined consultation models
  • considered the many factors that influence or support diagnostic reasoning
  • established the key criteria for good health assessment documentation


Hampton, J. R., Harrison, M. J., Mitchell, J. R., Prichard, J. S., and Seymour, C. (1975) ‘Relative contributions of history-taking, physical examination, and laboratory investigation to diagnosis and management of medical outpatients’. British Medical Journal [online] 2 (5969), 486–489. available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1673456/ [16 August 2018]

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An Introduction to Physical Health Assessment

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