Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
4th Ed.
2021 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Sandra Wiggins Petersen, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, PMHNP; Jacqueline Rhoads, PhD, ACNP-BC, AGNP-C, FAANP; Copyright © 2021 by Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, an Ascend Learning Company. All rights reserved.
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-17031-3
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-17032-0
Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing, Primary Care


Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning, Fourth Edition covers the diagnostic reasoning process that providers must follow when assessing an actual case. The Fourth Edition outlines each step of the health assessment process and further demonstrates the link between health history and physical examination. It also provides the healthcare professional with the essential data to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Features and Benefits

  • • Three introductory chapters cover general strategies for health history taking, physical examination, and documentation, and the remaining chapters cover clinical aspects of assessment and focus on various systemic disorders
  • • New chapters on spiritual, cultural, and nutritional assessment
  • • Updated chapters on female genitourinary and breast disorders and musculoskeletal disorders
  • • Patient health history and physical examination are presented in two columns. The first column gives the action, and the second column lists normal and abnormal findings and possible diagnoses associated with those findings.
  • • Every clinical chapter contains a differential diagnosis of common disorders as well as a section on the assessment of special populations

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Score: 73/100
3/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.4 Nursing - Nursing Process
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is a good book for students in nursing, medicine, and allied health in advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning. It gives them an in-depth explanation of the various components of physical examination and techniques."

-- Dr. MaryAnn Troiano, DNP (Monmouth University School of Nursing and Health Studies) Doody's Review


This book can be used by healthcare providers and students in the fields of nursing, medicine, and allied health. It also can be used as a quick reference to review issues that arise in clinical practice. The book outlines in detail the specifics of performing a comprehensive history and physical and provides important rationales. The authors are nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and educators from a variety of universities.

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