Critique of last physical assessment


Evaluation of lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise

The last physical assessment that I had with my physician comprisedof various physical examinations. The physical assessment includeddiscussions with the doctor regarding my nutrition, lifestyle, andexercise. The evaluation of these three aspects was through questionand answer session during the assessment (Kauffman, 2014). The doctorwas polite and direct to the point and was only interested in thefacts regarding my health. The doctor was interested in knowing myexercise routine, the types of food that I was eating and the kind oflife I was leading. It is useful to state that these evaluation oflifestyle, nutrition and exercise came before the actual physicalassessment. This was meant to provide the doctor with the necessaryinformation for conducting the physical assessment (Seidel, 2011).Research on physical assessment has indicated that information onlifestyle, nutrition and exercise is pertinent to an effectivephysical assessment (Kauffman, 2014).

Side effects of your medication

The physician involved in my last physical assessment was kindenough to explain to me any risks or side effects of my medication.According to the physician, there is little or no side effects tophysical assessment. This was reassuring and it made me extremelycomfortable in the assessment room. According to the physician, anyrisks involved in the physical assessment would be finding out anyillness which would in fact help in seeking further laboratorymedication.

Plan of care

There was a clear plan of care between me and the physician in casethe physical assessment results would indicate any ailment. Therewere various laboratories where the physician would recommend me tofor further laboratory assessment and treatment. In case I needed anyform of physiotherapy, the physician was ready to provide them at myconvenience.

Physical assessment environment

The physical assessment was conducted at the physician’s privatemedical facility. The facility’s environment was calm, clean andcomforting. The lady at the reception was warm and welcoming and onlyasked a few questions regarding my visit. It is useful to state thatthe receptionist was quick to make me feel at home as she informedthe physician of my presence. The entire place was extremely cleanincluding the seats and the outside environment. There was a littlenoise from the outside but that did not affect the serenity of thefacility. The physician was extremely warm and welcoming. Theconversation did not start with questions regarding my health, butthe physician was interested in knowing how I have been and how myjourney was to the facility. This made me extremely comfortable. Theassurance that the information I would share with the physician wasprivate and confidential made me feel at ease and share every detailabout my health with the physician.

Complete health history

The physician majority of the questions I had regarding my healthstatus. For the few questions that the physician was not sure of theanswers, he referred me to laboratory where tests would be conductedand results found. Additionally, the physician promised to follow upand provide me with a few answers that he would research on. It wasclear that the physician conducted a complete health history whichwas essential in compiling the results of the physical assessment(Seidel, 2011). For instance, the physician wanted to know whether Ihave had any surgeries before and the body parts where the surgerieswere done. Additionally, the physician was interested in knowingwhether I have any deformities or allergies and if I had any pains onany body part (Bickley &amp Szilagyi, 2013). The physician was alsointerested in knowing about the health status of my family members.The health history also consisted on any form of medication orprescriptions that I was taking. This included even any vitamin oriron supplements that I might be taking. Lastly, the physician alsowanted to know the names and addresses of any doctors that I mighthave visited in the recent past.

Complete and correct physical assessment done

The physical assessment was done conclusively and correctly. Thephysician used palpation, observation, percussion and auscultation tocarry out the assessment. This was of course coupled with thenumerous questions regarding my health history. Height, weight,temperature, breathing rate and blood pressure were all measured andrecorded. The physician observed the eyes, nose, mouth, ears,stomach, neck, breasts, armpits, back, reproductive organs and bloodvessels. These body parts are observed and examined in order to findif there is any form of deformity such as a swelling (Bickley &ampSzilagyi, 2013). The physician used a stethoscope&nbspto measure thehearts beat rate and rhythm. The physician requested me to remove myclothes only if I was comfortable for him to listen to the lungsounds. Once I removed the clothes, the physician listened to thelung sounds keenly. The physician requested me to remove the streetclothes and wear the patient gown. This was because the patient gownmade it easy for the physician to conduct the assessment. It is alsoprofessional for the physician to treat patients while they are inpatient gowns.


The entire experience during the last physical assessmentdemonstrated the aspects of health promotion, health prevention andcomfort for the patient. I was totally comfortable with the physicalassessment due to the humane and professional treatment that Ireceived from the physician. The physician was only interested inpromoting and preventing my health and that is why he onlyconcentrated on information regarding my health.


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