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Journal Article Review #2
‘A guide to taking a patient’s history’ is an article published in the Nursing Standard Journal, in the December 5, 2007 volume 22, issue 13, pages 42-48, written by Hilary Lloyd and Stephen Craig, in this article, Lloyd and Craig provides an overview of taking a patient’s history related to nursing. There are certain questions that should be asked while taking a patient’s history and this articles outlines how to ask and what to ask. It also gives an overview of cardinal symptoms for each system in the body.
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The use of sidebars added to the article’s usefulness by providing helpful lists of relevant data. In addition, headings and subheadings were bolded to make it easier to follow the article and to find specific sections when going back over it. One of the article’s best features was its organization, in which points were brought up one at a time in logical order and explained fully before going on to the next point. The article was interesting in its explanations concerning why it was helpful to do things a certain way, but overall it was more of a reference article than one designed for pleasurable reading. It did relate to my area of practice, so I will be able to put the information in it to good use. The health assessment strategy was beneficial both for its organized approach and its step-by-step framework, and I could adopt it in my role as a staff nurse admitting patients to the hospital. In addition, the health assessment strategy was explained quite clearly and in sufficient detail to make it understandable and usable. In my opinion, more research articles should be written about this area of health assessment. Although this article was excellent, it is a generalized approach that does not help history-takers that have to deal with a particular target population of individuals that have problems communication with the history-taker. No special instructions are given for communicating with patients having


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