Essential element 1: Clinical assessment and diagnosis
The first step in delivering comprehensive care is undertaking a clinical assessment. Clinical assessment should be based on the patient’s subjective report of the symptoms and course of the illness or condition, and objective findings from clinical assessment to determine provisional and differential diagnoses
Diagnostic error has been reported frequently in different types of investigations and research, and contributes to patient harm. Accurate clinical assessment and diagnosis is crucial to developing a comprehensive care plan that is appropriate, effective and aligned with a patient’s lifestyle and wellbeing.
The Commission is in the process of developing additional resources and guidance on clinicial assessment and diagnosis in the context of delivering comprehensive care.