A multicenter study to provide evidence of construct validity in a computer-based outcome measure of neurology clinical skills

Vivian T. Obeso, David Lee Gordon, S. Barry Issenberg, Joan W. Baker, Ronald G. Clark, Patrick S. Reynolds, Steven L. Lewis, Jaffar Khan, Emil R. Petrusa

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Abstract

Background: Using computer-based simulation to assess clinical skill-a key competence for medical trainees-enables standardization and exposure to a broad sample of physical findings. The purpose of this study is to provide evidence of construct validity for a computer-based outcome measure of neurology clinical skills. Method: A total of 128 medical students and neurology residents at four institutions volunteered to take a 34-question computer-based test designed to measure neurology clinical skills. Subjects were classified into three groups based on level of training: novice, intermediate, and experienced. Results: Overall performance increased with level of training. Question difficulty discriminated between groups as predicted. Twenty-six of 34 individual items discriminated between novices and more advanced learners. This test separated learners at different levels of training with a consistency of .92. Conclusion: This study provided evidence of construct validity for a computer-based outcome measure of neurology clinical skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S71-S74
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume80
Issue number10 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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    Obeso, V. T., Gordon, D. L., Issenberg, S. B., Baker, J. W., Clark, R. G., Reynolds, P. S., Lewis, S. L., Khan, J., & Petrusa, E. R. (2005). A multicenter study to provide evidence of construct validity in a computer-based outcome measure of neurology clinical skills. Academic Medicine, 80(10 SUPPL.), S71-S74. https://doi.org/10.1097/00001888-200510001-00020