Teaching junior doctors to screen for brain disease

This study looked into the effectiveness of using video clips to screen new-born babies for brain diseases. Junior doctors specialising in paediatrics were shown one-minute video clips demonstrating examination finding in new-born babies with, and without, brain problems. The clips covered: spontaneous activity, levels of alertness, posture and tone, reflexes and autonomic responses. After being shown the clips the doctors were asked to say whether the exam findings were consistent with mild, moderate or severe abnormality. The doctors were then sent away to look at a web-based teaching site containing a collection of videos demonstrating normal and abnormal findings. The study showed that the junior doctors improved in their ability to identify and classify brain problems in new-born babies; in particular they got better at identifying abnormal spontaneous activity, reflexes and autonomic responses.

You can read the abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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