The neurological examination


The neurological examination is often approached with trepidation by psychiatrists but can be done quickly and reliably with practice. The best approach is to keep doing them as often as possible, but in order for them to be useful, and conducted without fear, it's advantageous to a have an understanding of what you are trying to achieve. In this podcast Professor Adam Zeman, Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology at the University of Exeter Medical School, explains to Dr Raj Persaud how to conduct a neurological examination.


Date published: 7 July 2014

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Adam Zeman

Audio running time: 12 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • how to conduct a neurological examination as part of the whole neurological assessment 


  • the reasons why to do a neurological examination


  • the significance of motor signs during examination including: lower, upper, extrapyramidal cerebellar and functional.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2014. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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