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Toolkit: Diabetes Physical Assessment Resources

Overall Physical Assessment:

This text offers a practical approach to patient assessment skills in pharmacy practice. The book covers basic anatomy and physiology, pathology, and system assessment through interview, communication, and some physical exams, to help pharmacists and pharmacy students correlate signs and symptoms of possible diseases. 

Jones RM, Rospond RM, eds. Patient Assessment in Pharmacy Practice. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.

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This text describes fundamental skills such as communication, physical assessment, and laboratory and diagnostic information, as well as patient case presentation, therapeutic planning, and monitoring of drug intake.

Tietze KJ, ed.  Clinical skills for pharmacists; a patient focused approach.  3rd ed. St. Luois: Elsevier Mosby; 2012.

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Body Mass Index (BMI)

This link is an online BMI calculator, click here.


This link discusses how assess weight using BMI and waist circumference, click here.


Community Pharmacy-based Point of Care Testing

This link discusses the basics of point of care testing in the community pharmacy setting, click here. 


Diabetic Foot Exam

This link contains an article written by the American Diabetes Association on preventive foot  care including examination and wound care.

Boulton AJ, Armstrong DG, Albert SF, et al. Comprehensive Foot Examination and Risk Assessment. Diabetes Care.   2008; 31: 1679-85. doi: 10.2337/dc08-9021

For this article, click here.


This link includes a sample foot exam documentation form with step-by-step instructions, click here.


This link includes an article written by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and discusses comprehensive foot examination and risk assessment, click here.   

This link is a video on how to perform a diabetic foot exam and includes step-by-step written instructions, click here.


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