1 Prostate-specific Antigen Test Douglas Boag Walden University NURS 6512 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning September 9, 2019
2 Prostate-specific Antigen Test The advanced practitioner, while conducting the health interview will begin to develop clinical reasoning and formulate a plan that will allow them to narrow down the diagnosis. Assessment tools and diagnostic tests are critical in helping the advanced practitioner hone in on a specific diagnosis and choosing possible screening tools based on the patient’s factors. Making sure the correct assessment tools used and diagnostic tests ordered are important, ensuring that the testing is valid and reliable crucial must factor in the practitioner's reasoning. Prostate- specific antigen (PSA) test will be discussed, evaluated and the test’s validity and reliability explained. Health Interview During the health interview, the practitioner should begin formulating questions specific towards potential areas that may require screening or further assessment to maintain the health of the patient. Some of these areas may be uncomfortable for patients to discuss, let alone assess, but the small amount of time assessing can save the patient a lifetime of misery if an underlying disease process is detected early enough. The interview should ask if there is any history of prostate disease in the family? Any issues with urinating? Hesitancy? Dribbling? Maintain a stream? Frequency? Men, when they turn fifty, should have a PSA test done, and if there is a
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- Prostate cancer, Prostate cancer screening, Prostate-specific antigen, Prostate-specific antigen test