August 16, 1976

Physical ExaminationFrequently Observed Errors

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine (Dr Wiener) and the Division of Neurology (Dr Nathanson), Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and State University of New York at Stony Brook.

JAMA. 1976;236(7):852-855. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270080034028

A method allowing for direct observation of intern and resident physicians while interviewing and examining patients has been in use on our medical wards for the last five years. A large number of errors in the performance of the medical examination by young physicians were noted and a classification of these errors into those of technique, omission, detection, interpretation, and recording was made. An approach to detection and correction of each of these kinds of errors is presented, as well as a discussion of possible reasons for the occurrence of these errors in physician performance.

(JAMA 236:852-855, 1976)