When I was in 1st year I used to mistake these two parts of patient care very much. Let’s try to understand these concepts.
Diagnosis (Dx) – The identified disease/condition that the person has. We get to a diagnosis, after considering all the symptoms, and signs.
For an example, if we notice a patient has a malignancy ,
- · Diagnosis could be “Squamous cell carcinoma” which is the disease.
- · Prognosis could be, either ‘good’ or ‘poor’, meaning that the patient can survive or not, which is what that’s going to happen to the patient in future.
As a Mnemonic, remember,
Diagnosis --> Disease.
So you won’t mix it up with prognosis, which is the foreseeable future regarding the disease.