Confirming a Diagnosis
CONFIRMING A DIAGNOSIS 1
In many instances, patients manifest symptoms that could indicateseveral diagnoses. Different practitioners may be biased towards acertain diagnosis. Wrongful medication can have dangerousconsequences. Some patients could develop serious complications whileothers may die (Attaran, 2015). Hence, it is important for healthcareprofessionals to confirm a diagnosis in the case of serious ailments.Admittedly, some symptoms could be cured with broad-spectrumantibiotics. In this paper, I will show the importance of adopting analgorithmic approach to confirming a diagnosis.
The patient usually takes the first step by consulting the healthcarefacility for medical assistance. Subsequently, the attendingphysician embarks on an iterative process of gathering vitalinformation. The details provided by the patient are integrated andinterpreted to develop a working diagnosis (Dougherty & Lister,2015). The algorithmic approach involves performing a thoroughclinical history and interview. In this regard, the patient isrequired to provide additional information. The client’s medicalrecords are also consulted to identify any crucial factors (Giardina,Menon, Parrish, Sittig, & Singh, 2014). Physicians usuallyconduct a physical examination to confirm the observable symptoms(Dougherty & Lister, 2015). Furthermore, the algorithmic approachrequires practitioners to perform diagnostic testing and consult withother physicians.
In my current practicum setting, physicians always provide a list ofprobable diagnoses. Clinicians usually confirm the diagnosis usingnew information derived from observing a patient. Further testing maybe done to identify other critical details. Besides, physiciansexplain the degree of uncertainty associated with a certaindiagnosis. Continuous communication with the patient is also usedwhile confirming a diagnosis. The most frequently occurring medicaldiagnoses are type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Indeed, it is important for healthcare practitioners to utilize analgorithmic approach while confirming a diagnosis. This will preventmedical professionals from issuing wrongful medication. The patientcan develop worse symptoms or ever suffer death. Consequently, analgorithmic approach safeguards the patient’s needs.
Attaran, A. (2015). Stopping murder by medicine: Introducing themodel law on medicine crime. The American Journal of TropicalMedicine and Hygiene, 92(6 Suppl), 127-132.
Dougherty, L., & Lister, S. (2015). The Royal Marsden manualof clinical nursing procedures. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley &Sons.
Giardina, T. D., Menon, S., Parrish, D. E., Sittig, D. F., &Singh, H. (2014). Patient access to medical records and healthcareoutcomes: a systematic review. Journal of the American MedicalInformatics Association, 21(4), 737-741.
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