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How to Administer a Virtual Physical Exam

How to Administer a Virtual Physical Exam


With telehealth visits on the rise amidst the COVID-19 emergency (more than 27,000 across Stanford Healthcare in March), Malathi Srinivasan, MD, clinical professor of primary care and population health, and Maja Artandi, MD, clinical associate professor of  primary care and population health, offered helpful tips for administering a physical exam remotely. Their 16-minute video walks viewers through three common provider-directed self-exams: upper respiratory infection exam, low back exam, and shoulder pain exam. They also demonstrate how to connect with the patient despite the use of technology.

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