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Physical Examination

Introduction

 

Our aim is to help trainees and trainers prepare for the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA). Our guidance and walkthrough videos will help you to gain a better understanding of the approach to physical examination necessary to meet the examination standard.
 
In the CSA, candidates are required to select and perform the physical examination expected of a competent general practitioner within the context of a 10-minute general practice consultation. Translating that standard into practical guidance for an individual case is complex, not least due to the differences in approach that exist amongst trainees, trainers and examiners. Our work provides practical guidance by summarising the consensus opinion of 293 GP trainers and 16 CSA examiners for a series of typical CSA scenarios. Our findings are presented along with notes and guidance.
 

 

About the Authors


Dr Boeckx and Dr Marlow are experienced CSA tutors and Fellows of the RCGP and have taught on the CSA since its inception. Both teach regularly for the RCGP on physical examination alongside senior examiners. Their work has been recognised by the RCGP with a Quality Award. If you are preparing for the CSA or helping others prepare, this work is here to help you.
 

 

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Data collected from 300 GP trainers and 16 CSA examiners has been analysed to provide guidance about physical examination of common General Practice cases.

 

Ref: N.Boeckx CSA Physical Examination Questionnaire

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