Barriers to undergraduate peer-physical examination of the lower limb in the health sciences and strategies to improve inclusion: a review

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    Peer-physical examination is a widely adopted and an integral component of the undergraduate curriculum for many health science programs. Unwillingness or perceived inability to participate in peer-physical examination classes may have a negative impact upon students' abilities to competently conduct physical examinations of patients in future as registered health professionals. A literature review on the perceptions and attitudes of peer-physical examination of the lower limb amongst medical and health science students was conducted to identify potential barriers to participation, and to review strategies to improve participation in classes designed to develop clinical examination skills.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)807-815
    Number of pages9
    JournalAdvances in Health Sciences Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013



    • clinical examination
    • health science students
    • lower extremity
    • nursing
    • occupational therapy
    • peer-physical examination
    • physiotherapy
    • podiatry

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