Assessing the new patient.

In this section, I have outlined the approach I take when presented with a new patient to form a diagnosis and manage the needs of the patient. I have also included the individual aspects within this process.

I aim to use a thorough and logical process to identify problems and move on to investigating and treating these. I use a generic approach which can be applied to all patients but the emphasis on individual aspects will vary depending on the exact setting where the patient is presenting (e.g. GP vs A&E vs clinic).

This approach and the parts within it are what works for me, and you may find that some bits are absolutely useless for you, or may work well for you.

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