Palpation: Definition & Types


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What sense does palpation use?

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1. Which part of the hand is used to check the body temperature?

2. The sides of the hands are used to assess what characteristic of the body?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will gauge your understanding of the types and characteristics of palpation. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include body parts and technique.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to evaluate your knowledge of:

  • Sense used by palpation
  • Part of the hand used to check for body temperature
  • Side of the hands used to assess certain body characteristics
  • Part of the hand used to accurately check a pulse
  • Different palpations
  • Bimanual technique

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the types and characteristics of palpation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the type of palpation that uses the front of the fingers and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the number of centimeters you press into the body area during deep palpation

Additional Learning

To learn more about the types and characteristics of palpation, review the corresponding lesson titled Palpation: Definition & Types which covers the following objectives:

  • Define palpation
  • Contrast light and deep palpations
  • Compare light ballottement and deep ballottement