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Each differential diagnosis has its own unique set of subjective and objective symptoms. A patient with flu symptoms may feel fatigued, body aches or chills, while an objective diagnosis such as fever, respiratory problems, or chest pain can be made through physical examination. Alternatively, someone suffering from a UTI might report discomfort when urinating in addition to having an elevated white blood cell count – which is an objective indicator that infection is present.
Other conditions might also need further testing to confirm diagnosis, especially mental health issues where specialist may be required to evaluate psychological function using different methods. These could be self-reporting questionnaires, or structured interviews with trained professionals. You can use the results (both objectively measurable and subjectively reported) to draw a conclusion about the issue.
In general, differential diagnosis involves both subjective and objective factors that should be considered when diagnosing a patient’s symptom. By doing so it allows healthcare practitioners make accurate decisions based on both qualitative and quantitative information – ultimately leading towards better outcomes for patients overall.