Teaching the plantar reflex

P G Raijmakers, M C Cabezas, J A Smal, J van Gijn

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The efficacy of an instructional videotape about the interpretation of the plantar response was evaluated during a two week neurological clerkship. Experimental groups saw the videotape, control groups did not. All students (n = 65) assessed plantar responses of two to four different patients. Their judgment was compared with that of one senior neurologist. Only the students who had seen the videotape showed a significant improvement in performance on a second test (t-test, t = -2.26, p = 0.031). In addition, these students more frequently took account of the flexion synergy (Fisher exact test, p less than 0.001). Video can be an efficient tool in medical education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-4
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • Adult
  • Education, Medical/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical education
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Prospective study
  • Reflex, Babinski
  • Skills training
  • Students, Medical
  • Videotape Recording

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