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Peer Review

Neurologic Exam An anatomical approach

by Paul Larsen , Suzanne Stensaas


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Dec 01, 2013 by Communication Sciences and Disorders
Overview: This site offers a number of applications related to the neurological examination of children and adults including normal and abnormal results of mental status, cranial nerve, coordination, motor, sensory and gait exams. Each exam includes video examples and quizzes.
Type of Material: Quizzes, downloadable video examples, tutorials, and multimedia case studies.
Recommended Uses: In class presentations, independent review, and self-directed learning. Could be used to introduce cranial nerve function, review cranial nerve anatomy, and to demonstrate or model clinical examinations of normal/abnormal patients.
Technical Requirements: high speed internet and QuickTime player
Identify Major Learning Goals: The site attempts to lay the foundation for clinical problem solving by first establishing the anatomical concept; second demonstrating the problem solving method;and third, allowing active participation in applying the method.
Target Student Population: Undergrad and graduate students requiring an understanding of the neurological examination process as it relates to communication disorders. Also possibly new clinicians or those returning to neuroanatomical exams.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Introductory knowledge of anatomy, physiology and neurology

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The site is very comprehensive in that it incorporates normal and abnormal aspects of a full range of examinations for adult and pediatric populations. Information is clearly presented with a sufficient level of depth for advanced students.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Builds on knowledge of anatomical structures, leading to normal and then abnormal performance. Quizzes allow for self-directed and guided learning.
Concerns: Does not clearly state pre-requisite knowledge. Not for use by novice without supports to understand basic neuroanatomy.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Wealth of material presented. Web pages present materials in a wide variety of formats for users who wish to view videos online, download videos for future use and reference, as well as users of mobile devices, including smart phones.
Concerns: With so much information available, site would be best explored by faculty member prior to using with students.