Bismillah,  alhamdulillah: well to a non medic this question is probably a no brainer,  the answer must surely be yes. But hang on, what do most doctors in most consultations across the world – especially at the end? They order tests to help them work out what is going on. Why not just speed the process up and do the tests before you meet the doctor?

Well there are many good reasons why that is not a good choice. But one reason why this thought exists is that there is a zeitgeist that has taken hold of doctors, fuelled by  technology that the clinical exam is not really that useful. The efficacy of the standard clinical exam is minimal and it doesn’t help much as we rely on technology as the final arbiter in diagnosis. This is what this discussion  in the BMJ podcast talks about with Prof. Andrew Elder who was commissioned by the BMJ to seek out the evidence base of clinical exams. His findings run against the technology zeitgeist and reassuringly support the classical position  as taught in medical schools throughout the world.

Have a listen.

Evidence for examination
The BMJ Podcast
Duration: 15:45
Published: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:24:50 +0000

You may have spent hours practicing for your examination exams, but how evidence based are the techniques taught?

Andrew Elder, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, and author of the clinical …

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