Accession Number : ADA338303

Title :   Problem Differentiation in a Family Practice Residency Program

Descriptive Note : Summary rept. Sep 94-Dec 97

Corporate Author : COLORADO SPRINGS OSTEOPATHIC FOUNDATIONAND FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER CO

Personal Author(s) : Dickerman, Joel L.

PDF Url : ADA338303

Report Date : DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Problem differentiation is an essential part of family practice. It is the process of evaluating poorly defined or unorganized patient complaints and developing a logical medical assessment plan. Problem differentiation is a critical skill for the family practitioner because most patients encounter the medical system first through their family physicians. This task is made more difficult by the limited time family physicians have with their patients and by the growing emphasis on prudent use of diagnostic testing and specialty referral. By following a basic problem differentiation curriculum format in conjunction with companion educational experiences, family practice residents can greatly improve these important skills. Resident and program evaluation are integral components of the process.

Descriptors :   *EDUCATION, *TRAINING, *MEDICINE, TEST AND EVALUATION, SKILLS, DIAGNOSIS(MEDICINE), FORMATS, PATIENTS, MEDICAL SERVICES, FAMILIES(HUMAN).

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE