When the Patient Has Vague Symptoms, Ask the Right Questions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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