The "iPatient" and the Lost Art of the Physical Exam

September 23, 2010
Iltifat Hussain, MD

Fantastic story from NPR about how some in medicine feel the art of the physical exam is fading in favor of emerging technologies.

from iMedicalApps.com

NPR has fantastic story about how some in medicine feel the art of the physical exam is fading in favor of emerging technologies. The story talks about how medical technology — especially imaging are being relied upon too heavily. Obviously, this is not the first time these concerns have been raised.

NPR mentions a study in JAMA that showed among 453 physicians, residents were only able to recognize on average 20% of all cardiac events via auscultation. More worrisome, the number of correct identifications improved little with training and was not significantly higher than the number identified by medical students. Of note, NPR mentions this study was recent — not true – it was conducted in 1997.

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