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The Process of Differential Diagnosis


Elements of the Differential Diagnosis Decision-making on the Basis of Diagnosis. The physician endeavors to organize the subjective complaints and the objective findings of a patient in order to receive further indications to proceed. This approach is frequently chosen because a diagnosis in the conventional sense is not always easy to make, as more than […]

Clinical Skills – Cluster the Clinical Findings


It is often challenging to decide whether clinical data fit into one problem or several problems. If there is relatively long list of symptoms and signs, and an equally long list of potential explanations, one approach is to tease out separate clusters of observations and analyze one cluster at a time. Several clinical characteristics may […]

Evidence-Based Medicine – How to Ask A Question


Foreground questions can be categorized into 5 types, including: 1.Therapy: determining the effect of interventions on patient-important outcomes (symptoms, function, morbidity, mortality, and costs) 2.Harm: ascertaining the effects of potentially harmful agents (including therapies from the first type of question) on patient-important outcomes 3.Differential diagnosis: in patients with a particular clinical presentation, establishing the frequency […]