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Teaching medical students musculoskeletal examination skills: identifying barriers to learning and ways of overcoming them

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Coady, Dr Lesley Kay


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Objectives : To elicit the barriers to the effective teaching of musculoskeletal examination skills amongst medical students. Methods : This was a qualitative study including six focus groups with specialities most often involved in delivering musculoskeletal clinical teaching: rheumatology, orthopaedics, general practice, and geriatrics. Results : The main barriers to the delivery of effective clinical teaching included the lack of agreement on what to teach, lack of confidence in teaching amongst non-musculoskeletal specialities, and poor communication between specialities. Conclusions : There is a need to overcome the identified barriers if musculoskeletal clinical teaching to medical students is to be improved. In particular, there is a need to agree which examination skills medical students should learn.

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Author(s): Coady DA, Walker DJ, Kay LJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology

Year: 2004

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Pages: 47-51

ISSN (print): 0300-9742

ISSN (electronic): 1502-7732

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/03009740310004108


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