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Evaluating clinical competence in a health science profession

Barker, Joanna (1987) Evaluating clinical competence in a health science profession. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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The evaluation tools at present in use to measure clinical competency, do not provide satisfactory validity, reliability, nor an appropriate level of standardisation.

As clinical practice is a major component of an occupational therapy undergraduate degree programme, this population was used to investigate and to develop measurements of clinical competence and to provide a model for future use.

The study explored the use of psychometric methods in the design of evaluation tools, measurement criteria and the steps required to develop evaluation tools for the clinical setting.

Although the study had particular reference to Occupational Therapy, the model of clinical evaluation developed could be readily adapted for use with other clinical based health professional students.

Following development and analysis, the tools were implemented on the study population of occupational therapists in two states. Western Australia and South Australia, over a four year period.

The results indicated that the tools developed had reliability, content and concurrent validity for the population under study.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Inquiry
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Supervisor(s): Savage, Doug
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