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Assess the Patient Assess the patient and the problem to determine the pertinent issues, which may include a differential diagnosis, treatment decisions, or prognosis.

A common fallacy is that Evidence Based Medicine somehow devalues the fundamental tenets of the practice of medicine, specifically clinical expertise. A comprehensive understanding of pathophysiology and the thorough history and physical remain a critical starting point for the process.

The Rational Clinical Examination The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis
by David L. Simel, Drummond Rennie, 2009
Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis
by Steven McGee, MD, 2018
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