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Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals - 2nd edition

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’It would be of great use for any nurse who is looking to complete their clinical examination training or who is looking to progress into a nurse specialist role.

Title: Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals - 2nd edition

Authors: Hannah Abbott and Mark Ranson

Publisher: M&K Publishing, 

Reviewer: Philippa Doherty, Cardiology Research Sister, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

What was it like?

This is a comprehensive textbook teaching clinical examination skills to those with no previous experience. It covers the full range of both physical examination (chapters separated into body systems i.e. Cardiovascular Assessment, Gastrointestinal Assessment) and examination of basic Mental Health Assessment.

I found this book easy to read. There is a good mix of teaching, for example, what type of sounds to listen out for when auscultating, and case studies. The case studies are particularly useful because it enables the practitioner to consider how patients present and what they report to you vs. what their clinical symptoms are suggesting. Rather than being solely focussed on anatomy and physical presentation, it also encourages practitioners to think about their patient holistically, to determine what psychosocial factors may affect their clinical presentation.

Strengths and weaknesses:

I found this book to have a pleasing layout. There is a good mix of text, tables, graphics and photographs, which are useful for showing case examples; a particular example of this is when assessing for ‘Corneal Arcus’- a way that hypercholesterolaemia may present in patients eyes. It would be difficult to describe, so the pictures proved to be useful.

I also found the wording of the book accessible; it is not too reliant on medical terminology and is consequently quite user-friendly for experienced nurses.

(I did find a terminology error in one part of the book- a pericardial effusion has been mis-typed as pericardial infusion which could cause some confusion- but otherwise it was all correct).

Who should read this book:

I feel this book is too advanced and not particularly relevant for student nurses or general nurses. However it would be of great use for any nurse who is looking to complete their clinical examination training or who is looking to progress into a nurse specialist role. It gives a useful overview of basic full body assessment and I would use it as a textbook for study in this area. I found this book useful and would use it again.

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