Good clinical diagnostic practice: a guide for clinicians in developing countries to the clinical diagnosis of disease and to making proper use of clinical diagnostic services
AbstractPhysicians in developing countries usually take a syndromic approach to diagnosing a patient. Today, we observe increasing microbial resistance to drugs, particularly in developing countries. This worsening situation puts a heavy obligation on medical professionals to improve their clinical diagnosis. Clinical diagnostic services provide more accurate information on a patient based on physical and biochemical investigations. However, in many countries there is little communication between the physicians and the laboratory and diagnostic imaging services. Occasionally, medical staff feel that diagnostic imaging and even more so laboratory services report results that are inappropriate or even erroneous. Consequently, the service provided by the laboratory is wasted, placing an unacceptable burden on the diagnostic services, which is of no benefit to the health service. This manual has been written to improve the clinical and diagnostic skills of physicians. The manual assumes that clinicians have been trained in history-taking, physical examination and use of laboratory investigations and also have access to basic clinical diagnostic equipment and to essential laboratory tests
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2005). Good clinical diagnostic practice: a guide for clinicians in developing countries to the clinical diagnosis of disease and to making proper use of clinical diagnostic services. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119735
WHO Regional Publications, Eastern Mediterranean Series (27), 2005
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