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The Patient Findings Questionnaire: one solution to an important standardized patient examination problem

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Williams, R.G.
McLaughlin, M.A.
Eulenberg, B.
Hurm, M.
Published in Academic Medicine. 1999, vol. 74, no. 10, p. 1118-1124
Abstract PURPOSE: To describe the Patient Findings Questionnaire (PFQ) and compare its scores and pass/fail decisions with those obtained from standardized patient (SP) examination checklists. METHOD: Checklists and PFQs were used to assess data acquisition by 790 second-year medical students. PFQs were composed of multiple-choice items designed to determine whether examines had acquired key historical patient information. RESULTS: At the item level, the two measurement methods yielded the same decisions about data acquisition on 88% of observed occasions. Most discrepancies (74%) involved SPs rating examinees as having elicited information when the examinee was unable to answer the associated PFQ item. At the test level, the two instruments yielded the same pass/fail decision on a large majority of occasions. CONCLUSIONS: The PFQ and checklist yielded similar data acquisition scores and decisions at the item and test levels. Replacement of the checklist with the PFQ should result in examinees' behaving in a way more consistent with recommended interviewing practices.
Keywords ChicagoClinical CompetenceEducation, Medical, UndergraduateEducational MeasurementHumansMedical History TakingPsychometricsReproducibility of Results
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PMID: 10536634
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WILLIAMS, R.G. et al. The Patient Findings Questionnaire: one solution to an important standardized patient examination problem. In: Academic Medicine, 1999, vol. 74, n° 10, p. 1118-1124. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:7983

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