Diagnostic Tests in Adults and Children
When seeking to identify a patient’s health condition, advanced practice nurses can use a diverse
selection of diagnostic tests and assessment tools; however, different factors affect the validity and
reliability of the results produced by these tests or t
ools. Nurses must be aware of these factors in
order to select the most appropriate test or tool and to accurately interpret the results.
Not only do these diagnostic tests affect adults, body measurements can provide a general picture of
whether a child i
s receiving adequate nutrition or is at risk for health issues. These data, however, are
just one aspect to be considered. Lifestyle, family history, and culture
among other factors
relevant. That said, gathering and communicating this information
can be a delicate process.
For this Assignment, you will consider the validity and reliability of different assessment tools and
diagnostic tests. You will explore issues such as sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative
predictive values. You
will also consider examples of children with various weight issues. You will
explore how you could effectively gather information and encourage parents and caregivers to be
proactive about their children’s health and weight.