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Joints: if relevant. Do available textbooks contain adequate information about musculoskeletal examination skills for medical students?

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


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The objective was to determine whether routinely available textbooks describe the core musculoskeletal examination skills for medical students. Textbooks were evaluated for content against a list of 27 core examination skills as perceived by rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons and general practitioners. The study took place in Newcastle upon Tyne, libraries of the rheumatology department, teaching hospital and medical school. The main outcome was the inclusion of a description of examination skills by available textbooks. Median score for each textbook was only 19 (range 1-24) of a possible 27 core skills. Screening examination was not included in general texts. General principles were well covered but detail was insufficient, particularly in texts aimed at students taking final examinations. It is not easy for students to access adequate information about core items of musculoskeletal examination from textbooks readily available to them. This may reflect a general view of the lack of importance of musculoskeletal clinical examination skills.

Publication metadata

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical Teacher

Year: 2001

Volume: 23

Issue: 6

Pages: 585-590

ISSN (print): 0142-159X

ISSN (electronic): 1466-187X

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/014215901200901032


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