Diagnosis of diseases

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A diagnosis is the identification by a healthcare professional of a disease process that is contributing to a person's ill health. A diagnosis is essential in order for GPs and healthcare professionals to prescribe appropriate treatments.

A diagnosis identifies 2 things:

  • Disease process
  • Cause agent

To take a medical history, GPs ask the patient questions about their symptoms, past medical history, family history and lifestyle factors in order to obtain…


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