The Outpatient Physical Examination

Maja K. Artandi, Rosalyn Stewart

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The physical examination in the outpatient setting is a valuable tool. Even in settings where there is lack of evidence, such as the annual physical examination of an asymptomatic adult, the physical examination is beneficial for the physician-patient relationship. When a patient has specific symptoms, the physical examination-in addition to a thorough history-can help narrow down, or in many cases establish, a diagnosis. In a time where imaging and laboratory tests are easily available, but are expensive and can be invasive, a skilled physical examination remains an important component of patient evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Annual physical examination
  • Dizziness examination
  • Headache examination
  • Low back pain examination
  • Problem-focused physical examination
  • Shoulder examination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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