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A Review of lloyd and Craig 2007
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Running head: JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW Journal Article Review: A Review of Lloyd and Craig (2007) Journal Article Review: A Review of Lloyd and Craig (2007) Introduction Lloyd and Craig's 2007 article 'A guide to taking a patient's history,' published in the December issue of Nursing Standard, provides readers with a framework for conducting a patient assessment, including the all-important step of taking a patient's background and history information.
The following review examines Lloyd and Craig's (2007) framework and provides an evaluation of its proposed benefits. Summary of Article According to Lloyd and Craig (2007), taking a patient history is "arguably the most important aspect of patient assessment." Because of the continually expanding role of nurses, the need exists to expand their assessment skills as well. In this article, Lloyd and Craig provide a detailed framework for conducting a patient history assessment. First, Lloyd and Craig believe it is important to prepare the environment so that it is properly equipped, safe, free of distractions, and allows the patient to feel comfortable. Second, nurses must practice effective communication in order to enhance trust and obtain the most accurate information from the patient. Nurses can use both verbal and non-verbal cues to signify interest and empathy for the patient. Finally, consent is essential and nurses must obtain some form of informed consent by the patient or patient's surrogates before proceeding with the assessment. Lloyd and Craig then outline the history-taking process and illustrate the importance of maintaining some form of order when asking questions. ...
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