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Int J Audiol. 2016 Dec;55(12):765-774. Epub 2016 Aug 17.

A tool for assessing case history and feedback skills in audiology students working with simulated patients.

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a School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences , The University of Queensland , Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop a tool for assessing audiology students taking a case history and giving feedback with simulated patients (SP).

DESIGN:

Single observation, single group design.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Twenty-four first-year audiology students, five simulated patients, two clinical educators, and three evaluators.

RESULTS:

The Audiology Simulated Patient Interview Rating Scale (ASPIRS) was developed consisting of six items assessing specific clinical skills, non-verbal communication, verbal communication, interpersonal skills, interviewing skills, and professional practice skills. These items are applied once for taking a case history and again for giving feedback. The ASPIRS showed very high internal consistency (α = 0.91-0.97; mean inter-item r = 0.64-0.85) and fair-to-moderate agreement between evaluators (29.2-54.2% exact and 79.2-100% near agreement; κweighted up to 0.60). It also showed fair-to-moderate absolute agreement amongst evaluators for single evaluator scores (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC] r = 0.35-0.59) and substantial consistency of agreement amongst evaluators for three-evaluator averaged scores (ICC r = 0.62-0.81). Factor analysis showed the ASPIRS' 12 items fell into two components, one containing all feedback items and one containing all case history items.

CONCLUSION:

The ASPIRS shows promise as the first published tool for assessing audiology students taking a case history and giving feedback with an SP.

KEYWORDS:

Simulated patients; student assessment

PMID:
27696974
DOI:
10.1080/14992027.2016.1214758
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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