Principles of General Examination

These are the principles of general examination. these examination to be done before or after your regional examination in order to perform a complete comprehensive examination.

How to think regarding the regional examination to any part of the body is also mentioned in this table,, USE YOUR SENSES,,

General examination


Vital signs

General assessment



  • RR
  • HR
  • BP
  • Temperature
  • Consciousness
  • Facies and body built
  • Gait, stand and decupitus
  • Cooperation, mood and intelligence
  • Head and neck
  • Trunk and back
  • Upper limb
  • Lower limb
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Abdomen GIT & Genitourinary
  • Nervous
All body

  • Inspection
  • Palpation
  • Percussion
  • Auscultation

  • See
  • Feel
  • Move
  • Measure