Diagnosketch: A Visual Guide to Medical Diagnosis for the Non-Medical Audience is a book with colorful images that simplifies human anatomy and pathophysiology into memorable, patient-friendly, understandable images. Diagnosketch intentionally leaves out details that are not clinically relevant and over-emphasizes ones that are.

Created and illustrated by an ER physician with 20 years of clinical experience, Diagnosketch covers bread and butter diagnoses seen in acute care settings: kidney stones, diverticulitis, back pain, gallstones, ovarian cysts, arthritis, and more. The 100+ images include diagnostic images, procedural images, and concept images. They convey complicated medical concepts quickly and simply.

Whether you are a physician who is trying to explain to your patient a complicated medical diagnosis, or a nurse who is trying to calm a scared child before a procedure, Diagnosketch is the go-to resource for simple, quick, clear explanations. You are already a master clinician/diagnostician. Now, let Diagnosketch help you also be a master communicator.

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Diagnosketch will be available from Oxford University Press, May 2022.

How to Use Diagnosketch

Imagine the following scenario……

A patient presents to the ER for abdominal pain. You run tests: blood, urine, ultrasound. You diagnose cholecystitis. You then verbally explain this diagnosis to him. You tell him that he will need emergency surgery. He looks at you, dumbfounded. He never expected this. He thought he had food poisoning but is now on his way to surgery? He quietly pretends that he understands. He really does not know where his gallbladder is located, let alone what it does. He does not even know what questions she should ask. Sensing this, you grab a paper towel and sketch out a crude image of his anatomy. Although you’d like to stay longer to make sure he understands everything, you feel the pressure of a waiting room full of patients. You rush out, knowing that although you expertly diagnosed his condition, you could have communicated better.

Now imagine that same patient, but this time, you use Diagnosketch. You verbally AND visually explain to him where his gallbladder is in relation to the other organs in his abdomen. You show him what a gallstone looks like and explain how it blocked his biliary tract. You show him how this caused his abdominal pain and eventually, his infection. He asks you pertinent questions and you give immediate answers. You have a two-way dialogue. In just a few minutes, you have relieved his fears and increased his medical knowledge. You know that you communicated in a way that he understands. When you walk out of the room, you feel confident in your skills both as a master clinician, but just as importantly, as a master communicator.

Medical professionals use this book, at the bedside, to better communicate with patients in various acute care settings, like Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Clinics.

What people are saying about Diagnosketch

“I use Diagnosketch on every shift, every day. We find this the single most useful and efficient tool at the bedside to help patients understand what is happening to their bodies.”

—Raymond Biersbach, MD, Former Director of Emergency Medicine, Atrium Health Cabarrus Hospital; ER doctor with 10 years experience

“As a nurse who spends a fair amount of time educating patients and their families, this book is a brilliant idea! It allows me the opportunity to impact patients’ understanding of their disease, and is an excellent resource in triage.”

—Elizabeth Gibb, BSN, RN, Emergency Department Nurse for 41 years at the busiest EDs in New England

“Not only does Diagnosketch help patients understand their anatomy, it also gives physicians, nurses, PAs, and others the opportunity to maximize the use of the very small amount of time they have with their patients. With this book at the bedside, we can be more efficient and patients leave with a better understanding of their ED visit.”

—Andrew Ulrich, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice-Chair of Operations, Yale School of Medicine

“Physicians are expected to provide excellent medical care, but it is equally important for them to explain diagnoses and treatments in a manner that gives the non-medical both understanding and reassurance. Diagnosketch, by emergency physician Dr. Sapana Adhikari, uses simple illustrations and text to bridge the communication gap between physician and patient so that even complex issues can be comprehended at the bedside. This will prove to be an essential tool for every emergency department.”

—Edwin Leap, MD, Emergency Physician with 30 years experience; Columnist

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