Physical assessment for nursing purposes is necessarily different from that of medicine because the focus of nursing is to diagnose and treat human responses to disease rather than the disease itself. This article will consider nursing assessment, pathophysiology, implications for daily living, and nursing implications for selected functional aspects of movement, namely seeing, eating, expressing (facially), speaking, moving, and walking.
Questions or comments regarding this article may be directed to the author at: University Hospital, RC-36, Seattle, Washington 98195. Ms. Konikow is a Neurologic Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at the University of Washington.
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