The assessment of the patient is based on three processes, all focused on solving the patient’s problem:
2) Physical Examination
3) Further investigations
This information is then analysed and interpreted treatment plan
Patient’s notes/records are used to record all the information – should not be revealed to other parties without consent.
Subjective symptoms – the symptoms offered by the patient
Objective findings – the physical signs determined by the clinician
"Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis," Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919)