Reexamining the physical examination for obese patients.

@article{Silk2011ReexaminingTP,
  title={Reexamining the physical examination for obese patients.},
  author={Ann Willman Silk and Kathleen M McTigue},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2011},
  volume={305 2},
  pages={
          193-4
        }
}
THE NOTION OF THE STANDARD 70-KG PATIENT IS OUTdated; in the United States, the mean weight of men is now 88.3 kg and the mean weight of women is 74.7 kg. The most recent national data show that 35% of adults are obese, defined by a body mass index (BMI) of 30. These patients, like healthy-weight patients, rely on their primary care physicians for diagnosis of illness, but the physical examinationisoftenparticularlychallenging.Theprimarytechniquesofthephysicalexamination—inspection,palpation… CONTINUE READING

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