The details of the subjective data means collecting information through communication and can bring more insight into what is going on with the patient. Additional information about the runny nose, cough and body chills is needed since a patient with the flu can have the same symptoms. Obtaining all key factors is also important because it can help distinguish between minor and major health problems. A patient complaining of mild chest pain may not be aware that what he thinks is indigestion could actually be a heart attack. Subjective data is different from objective data, which is the data medical professionals obtain through observations by seeing, hearing, smelling and touching.
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