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Risk screening is the process of identifying clients who may be at risk of harm and then minimising any risks that have been recognised. Unlike risk assessment, risk screening is a shorter and less complex process. Risk assessment may be performed after risk screening if deemed necessary. It is also important to differentiate between risk screening and diagnostic testing. While diagnostic testing is performed in order to identify the cause of specific symptoms being experienced by the client, risk screening may be performed even if the client is feeling well in order to identify a risk of injury or disease, or a disease or injury in its early stages.
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