Problem Differentiation

  • James S. McCormick


One of the major characteristics of primary, as distinct from secondary, health care is that the problems brought to the family practitioner are not only undifferentiated but extend beyond the boundaries of physical disease. Problem definition requires initial broad categorization, and failure to appreciate, for example, that the reason for seeking help is anxiety about the nature of pain rather than its intensity, may lead the physician down the wrong diagnostic path.


Vaginal Discharge Physical Disease Family Practitioner Diagnostic Label Medical School Training 
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