Diagnosis and Medical Diagnosis

Diagnosis and Medical Diagnosis

The word “diagnosis” is always used in medicine by physicians and other health care professionals.

All patients and potential patients should be familiar with the meaning of the word “diagnosis” so that there will be a shared understanding when this term is used by physicians and other health care professionals.

The word “diagnosis” is not confined to the medical world.  It is also being used outside the medical world or in a generic sense.

Generic meaning:

Diagnosis is the identification of the nature and cause of a certain phenomenon.

Diagnosis is a determining or analysis of the cause or nature of a problem or situation.

Diagnosis is an investigation or analysis of the cause or nature of a condition, situation, or problem <e.g. diagnosis of engine trouble>; it is a statement or conclusion from such an analysis.

Medical meaning:

Medical diagnosis or just diagnosis is the process of determining which disease or condition explains a person’s symptoms and signs.

Medical diagnosis is the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition; it is the decision reached from such an examination.

Medical diagnosis is the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms ; it is the decision reached by diagnosis.

Medical diagnosis is the nature of a disease; the identification of an illness; it is a conclusion or decision reached by diagnosis (e.g. The diagnosis is rabies); it is the identification of any problem (e.g. The diagnosis was a plugged intravenous fluid).

When one is given a diagnosis by a physician, it is usually in the form of a phrase or statement, either a name of a medical disease if a disease is identified or if no disease is identified and the physician finds the patient essentially normal, he/she will say “normal” or “normal findings.”

The conventional abbreviation for diagnosis is Dx.

References:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/diagnosis

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagnosis

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2979

ROJ-TPOR@17jan30

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