Case Exercises from the Guides Sixth Impairment Training Workbook-Upper Extremites

Sample Question 18

Physical examination and appropriate clinical studies provide information that is considered:

ANSWER: e. both a and b

RATIONALE

Physical examination findings can be objective (eg, atrophy), subjective (eg, tenderness to palpation), or a mixture of the two (eg, pain inhibiting performance findings should be objective and should support the diagnosis. If findings on physical examination or in the clinical studies appear to be inconsistent, the evaluator should point out those inconsistencies in the report. Subjective information from a patient report (history and symptoms). Irrelevant information need not be considered. Reliability of findings is based on patient cooperation, reproducibility (on the day of the examination), and consistency of findings over time but is not considered an objective finding (page 385).

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