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The following are textbooks of possible interest and are available either in print or online. AccessMedicine has a nice diagnostic tests text but may be busy.
To find more books of interest, use the Roger search box below.
Samantha Yorty -- Occam's Razor
Screening Recommendations - National Organizations
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Two option exist for finding some great information. First in this list is their main website that is worth browsing to see the background on who this organization is and the type of information they provide. Second in the list is for a specific tool you can use to find a specific screening list appropriate for your patient. This is one of the key sources for determining screening recommendations. For the upcoming clinic rotations, this app is a recommended one to have on your phones or tablet.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The USPSTF conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services (such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. Recommendations are provided with a grading system. Browse the recommendations..
U.S. Preventive Services' ePSS Apps
Fill in the information like a calculation. Enter patient specific details and find out the suggested screening recommendations. Choose the app or web version.
National Guideline Clearninghouse
A familiar tool, hopefully. Not quite as direct as the app above, this site is great for understanding the reasons behind the specific individual recommendations. So if the details of the app leave you wanting more, use this tool as well to fill in the reasoning and evidence behind the recommendations.
Other National Organizations -- Rare Disease
National Organization for Rare Disorders
A growing resource for information on rare disorders. They have both patient and health professional level information. Their health info is a nice encyclopedic entry with references and update dates (always a good sign when evaluating resources).
Lab Tests Info
Looking up information about the results of lab tests are mostly background questions. The following resources are easy to use tools to find very reliable information about the normal values, reference ranges, and more. And, are a great follow up or addition to the information you might obtain with the US Preventive Services apps.
Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests
Available from Access Medicine. This text includes most of the blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid tests - about 350 different tests. Browse the list to find a table on a specific items: range of normal values & how it is collected; physiologic basis; & interpretation. (Brief notes only)
|Lab Tests Online
A peer-reviewed, non-commercial, and patient-centered resource. It is a free resource from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
Perhaps your questions this week deal with understanding the different symptoms the patient mentioned. What do they indicate? Without some good hunches it is hard to move forward. There are a number of differential diagnositc tools to help with the process.
DDX & Symptom Checker Resources
Passing along a Tip from Dr. Gates regarding a DDX & Symptom Checker
Dr. Gates has found a very helpful text within Access Medicine - Symptoms to Diagnosis: An Evidence Based Guide. Presented through a series of cases of patients complaining of a specific issue, then walks you through buiding the DDX and prioritizing it, and making the diagnosis. Unlike the interactive tools that give you list, this text helps explain the thinking process. For example, here's a small screenshot of the hypercalcemia section.
Also listed below are some of the interactive DDX tools.
Symptom to Diagnosis
An engaging case-based approach to learning the diagnostic process in internal medicine. Each chapter is built around a common patient complaint that illustrates essential concepts and provides insight into the process by which the differential diagnosis is identified. The author points out the findings that help you "rule in" or "rule out" the various diseases. Filled with algorithms, summary tables, and questions that direct evaluation,
Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care
Call Number: WB 141.5 C712d 2012
Print only, but a tremendous resource for understanding the patient's signs & symptoms. Also see suggested procedures and tests. Presented in case-based topics. Check out the TOC to see your options. Also, if you have ever wonder where to find medical mnemonics this book makes them easier to find.
Differential Diagnosis of Common Complaints
This book looks at the 36 most common symptoms reported by patients in order to quickly and efficiently diagnose a condition. Each chapter mirrors the problem-solving process most physicians use to make a diagnosis. Determine which imaging modalities and laboratory tests offer the greatest efficiencies and accuracy for a given set of symptoms.
Use the links to navigate through either symptoms or diseases to find a short list of etiology and when appropriate, those rare causes of a problem. Use the items in this list to know what else to explore in other resources.
Point of Care Tools
Point of Care Tools
Get that bigger picture, determine the ddx, or find the clinical features of a disease with one of these tools. Try one you haven't used before - switching tools is easy to do and you might pick up some different practice pearls. The NIH Rare Disease section refers to eMedicine for more indepth info on MEN1 & 2.
Up to Date
Great details about so many clinical topics.
They have an nice DDX tab. (You may need to create and account - free - to access this resource - and they don't spam.)
Search or browse for a topic of interest and DDX will be one of the sections of available information.
Life-long Resources -- Genetics
Looking for some details on MEN1 or MEN2? Perhaps one of the following will give you what you need.
A free resource (book) that is on the NCBI bookshelf (NCBI also does PubMed). It is expert-authored and peer-reviewed, with disease descriptions that apply genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients and families with specific inherited conditions.
Genetics: GARD - Genetic & Rare Diseases Information Center
A project from two agencies of the National Institutes of Health, The Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to help people find useful information about genetic conditions and rare diseases.
Genetics Home Reference
A freely available resource from the National Library of Medicine covering the genetics of over 500 health conditions, diseases or syndromes. Provides info on more than 750 genes and the health effects of genetic differences. Tools at the site include a handbook, a glossary, and other resources including organizations dealing with genetic tests and counseling. Target audience is the health consumer.
OMIM - Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
Explore this comprehensive, authoritative, and timely compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes. It is offers full-text, referenced overviews on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. OMIM focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype.
Patient Information Resources
A very easy to navigate resource that provides good information in understandable terms make this a great tool for patient information.
MedlinePlus.gov is always an option for patient information. It has a dictionary, drug info, health news items, video tutorials, sign language materials, and resources in over 50 languages.
Help you patients find the best resources and know when they have found a reliable site -- direct them to MedlinePlus' guides to "Evaluating Health Information" and "Healthy Web Surfing".