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Physical Appraisal Methods in Nursing Practice

Anne L. Slatter, RN
Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(11):1330-1331. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630110088025.
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This book is of great interest and value to nurses and student nurses who are learning and using physical appraisal skills in the clinical assessment of their clients. As intended by the authors, a broad reference base is provided in a well-organized manner with extensive illustrations.

The book comprises three sections. The first section considers such issues as expanded nursing practice, the nursing process, physical appraisal as an aspect of nursing assessment, problem-oriented documentation of nursing care (with charts to demonstrate its applicability in the clinical setting), and the use of computers and decision theory to enhance and to measure the effectiveness of nursing appraisal. Discussion of the latter issue and its use probably will be more appealing to individuals in large university-affiliated teaching hospitals rather than to those in small, general nonteaching hospitals.

Realizing the importance of communication skills and the nurse-client relationship in the physical appraisal process, the


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