WILLIAM L. MORGAN JR., M.D.; BARBARA BATES, M.D.
A partial answer to this question may be found in a recently reported study that compared abnormal physical findings detected by specially trained nurses with those identified by internists (1). Four nurses had been supervised for 3 months while doing physical examinations on the job. Each of 1,000 apparently well persons was examined first by a nurse, then by a physician. From an analysis of 16 variables (any condition that the patient considered abnormal, general appearance, skin, heart, chest and lungs, reflexes, and so forth) the authors concluded that there were few serious differences in the recorded findings. This study
MORGAN WL, BATES B. Should Nurses Do Physical Examinations?. Ann Intern Med. ;75:314–315. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-2-314
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(2):314-315.
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