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Br Dent J. 2004 Oct 23;197(8):497-500.

The patient assessment questionnaire: a new instrument for evaluating the interpersonal skills of vocational dental practitioners.

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  • 1NHS Education for Scotland, Lister Postgraduate Institute, 11 Hill Square, Edinburgh EH8 9DR, Scotland, UK. yvonne.hurst@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Abstract

This paper describes a pilot study aimed at evaluating a new instrument, the patient assessment questionnaire (PAQ), which uses patient ratings for the assessment of communication skills and professionalism in vocational practitioners (VDPs). The PAQ was developed as part of an assessment system designed to address all round competence. Acohort of 99 VDPs took part in the study. Questionnaires were distributed to consecutive patients in the general dental service at two time points in the training year. Data from the pilot study was analysed to determine whether the PAQ fulfilled the criteria for robust assessment. Results provide evidence of high levels of reliability, validity and feasibility of the PAQ instrument. All indications to date suggest that the PAQ will prove to be a valuable assessment tool. It is currently being evaluated as part of the system used to assess the all round competence of dental graduates undertaking vocational training in Scotland.

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