- Given a patient presenting with abdominal pain, perform a patient-centered interview and focused physical exam, list and interpret clinical findings. Then,
- Identify signs and symptoms of a surgical abdomen.
- Identify red flags of potential serious causes including referred pain from chest
- Identify psychosocial factors associated with chronic and recurrent abdominal pain.
- Propose a relevant differential diagnosis that includes common causes of abdominal pain and less common but important causes of abdominal pain.
- For patients with acute abdominal pain, propose an initial management plan that includes appropriate and timely referral/investigation for potentially serious causes.
- For patients with chronic/recurrent abdominal pain, propose a management plan that highlights initial investigations and basic management.
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