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Data from: A novel longitudinal framework aimed at improving the teaching of the neurologic examination


Bornkamm, Katharina; Steiert, Marius; Rijntjes, Michel; Brich, Jochen (2020), Data from: A novel longitudinal framework aimed at improving the teaching of the neurologic examination, Dryad, Dataset,


Objective To develop an educational framework basis for improving the teaching of the neurologic examination (NE) by asking German neurologists to (1) identify the basic elements of the screening NE and (2) nominate the steps they would deem mandatory for medical students to master.

Methods We conducted a questionnaire-based survey among neurologists working in a hospital or ambulatory setting in southwest Germany. To define the screening NE, neurologists were asked to list the NE components they normally use in clinical encounters with patients in whom neurologic findings are unlikely. Furthermore, they were asked to identify additional elements of the NE which they would consider mandatory for students to master.

Results Our neurologists nominated a set of 23 elements as being essential for a screening NE. There was high consensus among the 2 groups, and the results were concordant with international data. Furthermore, nearly 60 additional maneuvers of the NE were deemed obligatory for students to master.

Conclusion Our results reinforce the international consensus for screening NE components and confirm a large set of additional examination steps that medical students should master, thereby indicating the need for an educational NE teaching concept. To solve this educational challenge, we propose a longitudinal curriculum that incorporates the “core + clusters” framework, thus combining the screening NE (core) with hypothesis-driven sets of maneuvers (clusters). Based on our data, we provide an initial proposal for the core and neurologic diagnostic clusters which is applicable to both novice and advanced learners across the continuum of training.

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