A problem-oriented approach to the venereal disease clinic patient

Peter E. Dans, Barbara Klaus, Marianne Owen

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This article describes the application of problem orientation to a venereal disease clinic. The problem-oriented method requires the definition of subjective and objective data for each problem encountered. These data lead logically to an assessment which then determines what plans will be implemented for care of the patient. The following benefits derive from this approach: (1) it guarantees that consistent data will be obtained each time a certain problem is encountered; (2) its correct use requires standardization of the assessments and the plans for approach to each problem encountered; (3) it emphasizes the multiplicity of problems encountered and the need to do more than just rule in or out the presence of syphilis or gonorrhea; and (4) it allows for ease of adaptation to algorithm use, computerization and auditing. Although it is an extremely useful tool in the provision of patient care, it does not automatically guarantee excellence. Careful attention must still be given to the validity of the data obtained. However, its use does allow the process of patient care to become more visible and begins to establish some guarantees for the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Venereal Disease Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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