Diagnosis, Clinical Diagnosis, and Diagnostic Labels (with Focus on “Non-specific” Labels)
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg
July 9, 2014
When a patient consults a physician, the first thing that the latter will and should do is to diagnose or to make a diagnosis. The diagnosis should precede the treatment. The diagnosis should serve as the basis for formulating the treatment plan.
Thus, diagnosis is the identification of the disease, condition or problem that a patient may have through a systematic analysis of data derived from medical history, physical examination, and other diagnostic tests or procedures.
A “clinical” diagnosis is a diagnosis made on the basis of the data obtained by medical history and physical examination alone, without the benefit yet of laboratory tests. This is the foremost type of diagnosis that all physicians make, the others being called laboratory diagnosis, operative diagnosis, etc.
A diagnosis, particularly a…
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