Spotting the sick patient

Patient assessment and clinical examination skills

Africa, Asia, UK

One of the most important skills for health workers is recognising a sick child or adult. Health workers need teaching and mentoring to develop these skills and on going training to ensure skills are maintained. Opportunities to do this are very limited for many health workers.


  • Improve patient care worldwide through better detection of symptoms and signs of illness
  • Demonstrate the correct techniques of clinical examination
  • Provide an extensive, high-quality, global video library of real-life signs of illness
  • Work with international experts to develop appropriate, high-quality learning materials for each audience and region
  • Users will see multiple videos of actual cases so they have the chance to gain experience that may otherwise take many years to gain
  • This high quality global video atlas of clinical signs is essential for users to see how signs can vary between patients
  • Demonstrate the correct history taking and clinical examination techniques for each body system, taking learners step-by-step through the correct methods
  • Gather clinical video material to ensure it is use for global audience, in Africa, Asia and the UK
  • Develop a resource for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with techniques and a wide-ranging, high-quality international atlas of clinical signs
  • Produce a simplified and focused version for community health workers in resource poor countries
  • Use interviews, focus groups and informal feedback to understand the views of learners, educators, policy makers and key opinion leaders in this important area
  • Assess the impact on the clinical skills and decision making of health workers
  • Where possible, to explore the effect of this training on clinical outcome

Africa, Asia, UK
Spotting the sick patient
Improving patient care through better detection of symptoms and signs of illness

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