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Fam Med. 2009 Feb;41(2):89-91.

Reliability and validity testing of an evidence-based medicine OSCE station.

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Department of Family Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA.


The six competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education include the lifelong learning skills of evidence-based medicine (EBM)/information mastery. We developed and tested an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) station that would measure these skills in family medicine residents. This EBM OSCE station is a 30-minute station within a regular OSCE exam. It uses an 8-point checklist and global measure and has good psychometric properties, including construct validity, interrater reliability (correlation=.96), and internal reliability (Cronbach's=.58). This tool is useful for training programs, since assessing EBM/information mastery is an important part of the evaluation of physician skills.

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