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Dental student suturing skills: a multicentre trial of a checklist-based assessment

Macluskey, M., Durham, J., Balmer, C., Bell, A., Cowpe, Jon, Dawson, L., Freeman, C., Hanson, C., McDonagh, A., Jones, J., Millsopp, L. and Oliver, Richard 2011. Dental student suturing skills: a multicentre trial of a checklist-based assessment. European Journal of Dental Education 15 (4) , pp. 244-249. 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2010.00665.x

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Background:  The assessment of clinical skills is essential to determine whether an undergraduate is competent to perform the tasks outlined in the curriculum. Such assessments in dentistry have historically not been subjected to large scale validity and reliability testing due the relatively small student numbers at each institute. The aims of this study were to test the validity and reliability of a standardised, checklist-based, suturing objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and then to perform a multicentre trial to determine its performance over a large cohort of students. Materials and methods:  A total of seven UK schools agreed to take part in the trial. To test the validity and reliability of the checklist, the examiner at each institution reviewed and scored video footage of 10 students performing the assessment. Each institution then carried out the assessment providing a checklist score and a global score for each of their own students. Results:  The assessment was well received by the staff, with acceptable inter-examiner variability. In total, 496 students completed the suturing OSCE with a success rate of 81% with a variation between schools of between 66% and 96%. A significant correlation was found between the checklist score and the global score (r = 0.361, P = 0.000). No one item on the checklist was found to be a determinant factor in the outcome of the OSCE. Conclusions:  This checklist-based assessment of suturing skills was found to have face and content validity. Its reliability was promising, but merits further investigation. There may be an argument for the standardisation of the assessment of this core surgical skill throughout several UK-based dental schools.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competence ; Assessment ; Suturing ; Dental students ; Validity
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1396-5883
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 04:09

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