Do you use your stethoscope through patients' clothes?

A UK study has shown that many younger doctors listen to patients' heart and breath sounds through clothing, even though they acknowledge this impairs the quality of auscultation.

The research carried out in a hospital in Scotland found trainee doctors were three times more likely than consultants to auscultate heart sounds through clothing and four times more likely than consultants to auscultate breath sounds through clothing,

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