Advanced Health Assessment of Women, Third Edition: Clinical Skills and Procedures


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by Helen Carcio, Mimi Secor

This is the only truly comprehensive advanced text for the assessment of women’s health, written for such primary care providers as NPs, PAs, and CNMs. It encompasses both foundational and cutting-edge physical and psychosocial information in a clear and concise outline format, and is unique in its presentation of more advanced techniques and procedures not addressed in standard graduate assessment texts. Keeping pace with the expanding scope of advanced practice, the third edition provides several completely new chapters authored by renowned specialists, expanded chapters, and updates. This includes new information on Health Guidelines, Contraception, Domestic Violence, Health History of Special Populations, Lesbian Health, Evaluation of the Pelvic Floor, Aging and Menopause, Bleeding Irregularities, Infertility, Skin/Aesthetics, and Pelvic Pain.

With an integrated approach to treatment, the authors delineate the expanded roles of advanced health care providers, including guidance for situations where a practitioner must decide whether to act independently, co-manage, consult, or refer. They provide in-depth descriptions-enhanced by plentiful tables and figures–of each assessment skill and technique along with its underlying rationale. Basic techniques are augmented by the inclusion of possible alterations for a particular procedure. On a continuum from simple to complex, the text is divided into nine units that cover basic women’s health assessment down to the cellular level, health history, prenatal assessment, investigative procedures including sonohysteroscopy and simple cystometrogram, and several chapters on specific women’s health concerns. A special chapter on urinary incontinence includes diagnosis of bladder dysfunction. Sample assessment forms are integrated throughout, as are comprehensive lists of equipment required for each procedure along with information on patient preparation and follow-up. Power point slides are included.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Updated assessment guidelines
  • New chapter on lesbian health
  • New chapter on dysfunctional uterine bleeding
  • New chapter on polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • New chapter on skin/aesthetics
  • New chapter on pelvic pain
  • Information on new contraception devices
  • New information on domestic violence
  • New information on health history of special populations
  • Expanded information on evaluation of pelvic floor
  • Expanded information on aging and menopause
  • Updates on infertility
  • New information on bleeding irregularities
  • Updated information on BRCA gene testing
  • New information on vaginal microscopy

Key Features:

  • Provides detailed descriptions of advanced assessment techniques enhanced with plentiful tables and figures
  • Presents the rationale for all assessments and procedures
  • Delineates clinical procedures on the leading edge of the expanded role of the advanced practice clinician
  • Includes unique chapters about selection and insertion of the vaginal pessary, intrauterine insemination procedure, and donor insemination
  • Covers such advanced skills as vulvar exam and biopsy, endometrial biopsy, acrochordonectomy, polypectomy, and colposcopy

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826123084
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640


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