Clinical Assessment

The clinical assessment of a patient needs to be impeccable, comprehensive, systematic and ongoing; however barriers to this often exist, such as lack of time and training. [1] As with the principles of person centred care in dementia, assessment needs to be tailored and individualised to the patient.
A structured approach to assessment often involves using clinical assessment tools which should be used appropriately and with caution, and not as a substitute for a comprehensive, holistic assessment. [1] Tools should also be reliable and valid, and not adapted to meet local needs unless they are re-validated within that population or setting. [2]
  1. McIlfatrick S, Hasson F. Evaluating an holistic assessment tool for palliative care practice. J Clin Nurs. 2014 Apr;23(7-8):1064-75. Epub 2013 Sep 17.
  2. Rawlings D, Hendry K, Mylne S, Banfield M, Yates P. Using palliative care assessment tools to influence and enhance clinical practice. Home Healthc Nurse. 2011 Mar;29(3):139-45.

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