When the Patient Has Vague Symptoms, Ask the Right Questions


Journal Article

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Differential diagnoses of vague neurologic symptoms in patients without significant medical history provide challenges for the advanced practice registered nurse to accurately diagnose a condition. A detailed inquiry highlights the nurse practitioner's ability to hear the patient's story, formulate an evidence-based diagnosis, and collaborate with the patient for delivering safe and effective care with appropriate referrals for specialist follow-up care. This case study emphasizes the importance of clustering symptoms that align, allowing for a better understanding of vague complaints, which helps the provider in clinical decision making.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brennan-Cook, J; Tocchi, C

Published Date

  • October 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 9

Start / End Page

  • e185 - e188

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1555-4155

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.nurpra.2019.03.017

Citation Source

  • Scopus