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Commentary: realizing the formative potential of multisource feedback in regulatory-based assessment programs.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23187913     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Multisource feedback (MSF) is often promoted as a useful approach for formative assessment and is increasingly becoming part of regulatory-based assessment programs, such as revalidation and maintenance of certification. However, to achieve the full potential of MSF, substantially more attention should be directed at the specific purpose of the MSF instruments and processes and the ability of the results to drive and catalyze efforts to improve health care. MSF developers should revisit the use of comments and open-ended questions to detect contextually rich issues that can guide improvement in the local practice context. Greater attention is also needed around the processes of how the results are interpreted, processed, and applied by physicians. Both government and independent professional self-regulatory bodies walk a difficult tight rope in developing instruments that are psychometrically credible to both physicians and the public, yet truly drive improvements in quality and safety. Ultimately, a formative assessment approach is only as good as the quality of care it detects and improves for the benefit of patients and the public.
Eric S Holmboe; Kathryn Ross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges     Volume:  87     ISSN:  1938-808X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Med     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  2013-02-11     Revised Date:  2013-09-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904605     Medline TA:  Acad Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1657-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence*
Employee Performance Appraisal / methods*
Physicians / standards*
Comment On:
Acad Med. 2012 Dec;87(12):1668-78   [PMID:  23095930 ]
Comment In:
Acad Med. 2013 Aug;88(8):1055-6   [PMID:  23899849 ]
Acad Med. 2013 Aug;88(8):1055   [PMID:  23899848 ]

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