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Acad Med. 1998 Feb;73(2):204-5.

The reliability of six faculty members in identifying important OSCE items.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, USA. jvale00@pop.uky.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To measure the agreement among faculty members about the importance of items on a checklist used to grade an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) station.

METHODS:

Six faculty members rated the importance of 47 items for an OSCE station in which students took the history of a patient with sore throat and hoarseness.

RESULTS:

Of the 47 items, the raters independently identified 15 items as very important. The reliability of each individual rater was fair (averaged value of alpha = .63.) The reliability of the mean rating of the six raters was high (alpha = .91).

CONCLUSIONS:

The results strongly suggest that when a group of faculty members cooperatively identifies the important items to be included in an OSCE checklist, the reliability of the checklist is superior to one created by a single author.

PMID:
9484196
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