Describe the methods of temperature measurement.
A good answer included a definition of temperature and a classification of the methods of
measuring temperature such as electrical, non-electrical and infrared. There followed a brief
description of the physical principles of thermistors, thermocouples and resistance
thermometers; mercury and alcohol thermometers, bimetallic strips; and of infrared methods.
Candidates who did well reproduced the content of the chapter on temperature measurement
in the recommended text book. Candidates who were not familiar with this material attempted
to answer the question by falling back on clinical experience of measuring temperature in
different sites or occasionally referring to concepts of thermoregulation. Neither approach
Some candidates interpreted “methods” incorrectly as "site of measurement" so scored poorly.