Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsWe consider our first impressions of the patient as they walk towards us, or as we approach them. In the following video you will see a patient coming towards you. Consider what information you can get by watching them approach. Can you tell anything from their general appearance, their gait, their facial expression? Are they in pain?

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsNow write a short summary of your impressions of the patient in the video. Your observations and your suppositions. Consider if your biases have affected these suppositions.

Assessment starts from first sight of the patient

We consider our first impressions of a patient’s health as we watch them approach us (or we approach them).

Watch the video, in which you will see a patient coming towards you.

Look critically at the patient and consider what information you can get by just watching them move towards you. Are you able to tell anything from their general appearance, their gait or their facial expression?


Your task

Write a short summary of your impression of the patient in the video, your observations and suppositions.

Consider whether your biases have affected these suppositions.


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An Introduction to Physical Health Assessment

Coventry University