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Diagnosis and problem-solving

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Authoring team

To make a diagnosis:

  • generate a working diagnosis or identify the problem

  • look for discriminating physical signs to help confirm or refute the working diagnosis

  • interpret the information obtained from patient records, history, examination and investigations

  • apply the basic, behavioural and clinical sciences to identifying, solving and managing the patient's problems

  • bear in mind one's own limits of competence and act appropriately

ref: Robin C Fraser, Clinical Method: a general practice approach, 2e 1992, Butterworth Heinemann

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