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Conducting a consultation and clinical assessment of the skin for advanced clinical practitioners

McPhillips, Hazel; Wood, Alison F; Harper-McDonald, Bruce


Alison F Wood


Advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) roles require a broad range of knowledge of both medical and surgical areas and the ability to work autonomously in a variety of settings. Despite around half of the UK adult population presenting with a skin condition requiring attention at some point, this is an area many ACPs feel unprepared to manage. However, due to the complexity and large number of potential diagnoses, it is imperative that ACPs develop their knowledge of skin conditions so that they can confidently conduct consultations with patients. This clinical review presents the key elements of patient consultation, history taking and assessment of the skin. This is designed to support novice ACPs, whether working in acute hospital settings or primary care, to develop an understanding of the key points that should be included when consulting with and assessing the skin of patients outwith the dermatology setting.


McPhillips, H., Wood, A. F., & Harper-McDonald, B. (2021). Conducting a consultation and clinical assessment of the skin for advanced clinical practitioners. British Journal of Nursing, 30(21), 1232-1236.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 27, 2021
Publication Date Nov 25, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 5, 2022
Journal British Journal of Nursing
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Electronic ISSN 2052-2819
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 21
Pages 1232-1236
Keywords Advanced clinical practitioners, Advanced nurse practitioners, Skin conditions, Patient consultation, History taking, Dermatology
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