A strong abdominal exam is a must-have clinical skill for an aspiring healthcare professional. Diagnoses spanning cirrhosis, appendicitis, hernias, peritonitis, aortic aneurysms, and cholecystitis, for example, can be suspected and even made via abdominal exam.
Unfortunately, secondary to factors which include an increasing dependence on imaging and other diagnostics, time constraints in the practice of medicine, and fewer chances for bedside instruction in medical education with work-hour regulations, physicians rely increasingly less on their physical exam skills today than has been the case in the past.
In that manner, here we review the Answers in Abdominal Examination App, released in May 2011 by Answers in Medicine. Answers in Medicine, which specializes in presenting medical content via short modules in audio or video format for healthcare professionals, has developed a number of medical apps, including Answers in Alcoholic Liver Disease, Answers in Ulcerative Colitis, Answers in Crohn’s Disease, Answers in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Answers in Dyspepsia, to name several.
As you may surmise, Answers in Medicine represents a prolific developer of Gastroenterology- and Hepatology-related content, and boasts an impressive collection of contributors from major academic medical centers in the United Kingdom. This app, in particular, was created by Owen Epstein, Professor of Gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Read below the jump to learn more about how the Answers in Abdominal Examination app can help you master the abdominal history and physical exam.