vitamins to her diet. If needed, other recommendations would include referrals to a case management or social worker. The comprehensive health assessment includes data that is subjectively obtained from the patient and/or family, as well as from testing and a detailed physical examination.
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT 6 Assessment information also comes from past medical and surgical history, family history, health habits, mental and social health, substance use, and access to healthcare. (University of New England, 2018). Attention is also given to cultural and spiritual concerns, the learning technique of the patient, visual, learning, and ambulatory needs (University of New England, 2018). Also included in the comprehensive health assessment are laboratory and diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing includes blood pressure screening, vision examination, hearing tests, an EKG, a pap smear, and so on and etcetera (ExecHealth, 2018). Detailed assessment of the body such as heart and breath sounds, abnormal sensations, a neurological examination, gait and motor functioning, deep tendon reflexes, and cranial nerve assessment are conducted within the comprehensive health history intake, as well as the physical assessment portion (Campbell & Lynn, 1990, p.38). The physical health assessment is gathered objectively through inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion. Inspection is a general overview of the body, looking at the patient’s skin and physical appearance. Auscultation is listening to the body with a stethoscope. Palpation through light touch assesses for the presence of any masses, lesions, swelling, and pain. Percussion involves tapping on the surface of the body to determine the presence of any abnormalities of internal structures with the presence of masses or air in or around the organs. The examiner uses the senses, including sight, smell, hearing, and touch to conduct the physical assessment. All these components come together to complete a through and comprehensive health assessment.
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT 7 References Campbell, E.W. & Lynn, C.K. (1990). The Physical Examination. In H.K. Walker. W.D. Hall & J.W. Hurst (Eds.), Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations (3 rd Ed., pp. 37-39). Boston, MA: Butterworths. Retrieved from ExecHealth. (2019). Comprehensive Health Assessments. (2019). Retrieved from University of New England. (2019). Comprehensive Health Assessment. (2019). Retrieved from - Health-Assessment
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