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Which of the following assessments should be made before administering a new medication?
A)Determine the patient's past medication history.
B)Evaluate the patient's health beliefs.
C)Instruct the patient on the effect of the medication.
D)Teach the patient about the desired outcomes of drug therapy.
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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Assessment involves collecting data on patient characteristics known to affect drug therapy. This process includes observing and interviewing the patient, interviewing family members, completing a physical assessment, reviewing medical records for pertinent laboratory and diagnostic reports, and other methods. Initially (before drug therapy is started or on first contact), the patient should be assessed for age, weight, vital signs, health status, pathologic conditions, and ability to function in usual activities. It is not necessarily important to evaluate the patient's health beliefs at this point. Education is considered to be an intervention, not an assessment.

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