History taking and physical assessment in holistic palliative care

Marie Donnelly, Daphne Martin

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In carrying out a holistic palliative care assessment the palliative care clinical nurse specialist needs to develop the knowledge and skill of history taking and health assessment to make safe and competent decisions with patients regarding the future management o f their care. This article examines this process in making a differential diagnosis with particular reference to the respiratory physical examination of a patient with a history of lung cancer using the Calgary-Cambridge Model. The model gives structure to the preparation, history taking, and physical examination (inspection, palpation,percussion and auscultation) before explaining, planning and closing the consultation, while considering the palliative patient's and family's individual wishes and goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1255
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 09 Dec 2016


  • History taking; Clinical examination skills; Palliative care; clinical nurse specialist; Person-centred assessment

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