In 2001-2002, general internal medicine faculty (n = 51) and residents (n = 188) from diverse programs in 3 US states were surveyed about the comparative value of the history, physical examination, and laboratory/imaging investigations in making diagnoses. Comparisons were made by location of program, faculty vs residents, postgraduate year, program type, and sex. In distributing a total of 100%, history was valued at 59.3%, physical examination at 19.8%, and laboratory/imaging data at 20.9%. Faculty valued history more than residents, whereas residents valued investigations more. Among general internal medicine faculty and residents, the primacy of the history remains despite changes in the healthcare system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||MedGenMed Medscape General Medicine|
|State||Published - 2004|
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