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Physical Diagnosis & Physical Exam: Welcome

Great information on how to do a proper physical exam, and to evaluate what you see into a diagnosis.

About preventive screening...

The ePSS is an application designed to help primary care clinicians identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients. Use the tool to search and browse U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on the web or on your PDA or mobile device.

AHRQ's Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is a quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians and health care teams identify, prioritize, and offer the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The ePSS is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors. Available both as a Web-based selector and as a downloadable PDA application, the ePSS brings information on clinical preventive services that clinicians need - recommendations, clinical considerations, and selected practice tools - to the point of care.

Some of the tools in the ePSS include a BMI calculator, a scoring system for osteoporosis, and topic specific information for patients from

Some of the ways the ePSS is being used include:

  • By primary care physicians and nurse practitioners at San Francisco General Hospital to provide evidence-based support to primary care providers on recommended preventive health services. 
  • By students at Wichita State University as a way to introduce and emphasize the importance of preventive and evidence-based medicine in the practice of medicine. 
  • By EHR vendors to improve its care processes by integrating the USPSTF recommendations into its patient workflow. 
  • By the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in their myhealthfinder tool. Myhealthfinder is an easy to use tool that patients and consumers can use to search for information about preventive services. It provides searchable, easy-to-understand health advice.

Find the ePSS here, use it online or download.