Harold C. Sox Jr., M.D.; Carol H. Sox; Richard K. Tompkins, M.D.
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An algorithm is a step-by-step description of the solution for a problem and, as used in clinical medicine, describes how to evaluate a symptom or sign and arrive at a provisional diagnosis. Clinical algorithms for 13 acute clinical problems have been created for physician's assistants to use under the supervision of a physician. The purpose of the algorithms is to allow physician's assistants with little or no training in the clinical sciences to evaluate and, in some cases, treat patients safely and expeditiously. The algorithms also define precisely the logic of clinical problem solving and thereby facilitate the education of
Sox HC, Sox CH, Tompkins RK. Training of Physician's Assistants: Use of Clinical Algorithms as a Guidance System for Education and Patient Care.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:856. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-856_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):856.
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