How to use Special Tests

In studying for final comps/orals/boards we have come across many special tests that need knowing. We learn how to do them, where to place hands, what indicates a positive, tissues involved, etc.  If we have enough brain capacity after that, we try to remember gold standards in a pathology and how the special tests correlate.  And finally… we attempt to know whether a test is Sensitive or Specific for a certain pathology or impairment. Whew!

The last item is what I would like to focus on because it relates to clinical reasoning an differential diagnosis. Sensitivity and SpecificityContinue reading