differential diagnosis


Health Economics

  • (written as Differential Diagnosis)
    A term that describes a method of reaching a diagnosis by a clinician. It consists essentially of creating a broad list of the possible conditions that might underlie the signs and symptoms that are presented and then eliminating the possible conditions individually through further tests, pattern recognition and hypothesis formation through experience.


  • noun the identification of one disease from a number of other similar diseases by comparing the range of symptoms of each