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PHS Ch 11

Fundamental Skills in Diagnostic Services

TermDefinition
auscultation the use of a stethoscope to listen to sounds made by a patient’s internal organs to make a diagnosis.
body mass index (BMI) a method of relating weight to height used to define normal weight, overweight, and obesity.
breach access, use, or disclosure of protected health information that compromises the security or privacy of that information.
cultural competence the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.
de-identified information health documents from which specified personal data has been removed.
differential diagnosis a determination made by a doctor that distinguishes a disease or condition from others that have similar symptoms.
inspection visual examination used to assess parts of the body by looking for abnormal color, shape, size, or texture.
medical diagnosis a determination made by a doctor that identifies the cause of a patient’s illness.
nursing diagnosis the description of a client’s health problem that a nurse is licensed and competent to treat.
palpation a medical examination that uses touch to detect growths, changes in the size of organs, or tissue reactions to pressure.
percussion a medical examination that includes tapping various body parts and using resulting sounds to assess the condition of internal organs.
personal bias an unfair preference for, or dislike of, something or someone.
prejudice a strong feeling or belief about a person or subject that is not based on reason or actual experience.
sign evidence of a health condition that can be seen or measured.
stereotype the assumption that everyone in a particular group is the same.
symptom an indication of a disease or disorder experienced by the patient, such as pain.
telehealth he use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, health-related education, public health, and health administration.
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