Objective vs. Subjective data - page 2

hey everyone! we had a case study in class today where we had to decide what info was objective and what info was subjective. i won't go into the whole case study, but after taking the... Read More

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    Quote from headliner1889
    objective is something that you can see, feel, or smell. you can see the reddened areas and you can feel the tenderness. therefore i think both are objective

    i completely agree that seeing that an area is red is objective...and that point did in fact go under the objective colomn. however, what does 'tender' feel like. if i am palpating the nose while the pt is unconsious...how can i 'feel' that it is tender? will it feel mushy or spongy? will it feel hard or soft? for instance a sprained ankle...you can 'feel' that it's swollen. you can 'see' that it's swollen...but only the pt can tell you if it's tender. to me tender is a feeling and therefore subjective. if the pt had no feeling in their legs, would the ankle still be considered tender?

    just thinking out loud....
    Last edit by sunkissed75 on Jun 5, '10 : Reason: made a boo boo!! Put subjective instead of objective!

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