1st Edition

International Best Practices for Evaluation in the Health Professions

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ISBN 9781846195150
Published January 21, 2013 by CRC Press
400 Pages

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Book Description

This unique text presents a comprehensive narrative on why and how health professions students need to be evaluated for practice in the 21st century. It systematically addresses current evaluation best practices in the health professions to identify today's evaluation benchmarks, reveal evaluation limits, address improvement pathways, and map a research agenda to boost future evaluation practices. Advancements in information and communication technology, bioscience and behavioral research, and worldwide travel are dissolving barriers that have separated professions, countries, and cultures for centuries. This book both celebrates these achievements and carefully considers next steps. It recognizes the huge improvements made in evaluation practices within the health professions over the past 40 years but asks for more - calling for added reform and better understanding of current practice from different social, cultural, and educational perspectives. International Best Practices for Evaluation in the Health Professions values crossprofessional programs that span boundaries and acknowledge the authority of the future rather than historical baggage. Educators worldwide will be enlightened and inspired by its straightforward, compelling narrative. "Assessment practice in the health care profession has come a long way in the last century. This book is written in the belief that a better understanding of these developments and of assessment principles and concepts and tools and techniques can help medical education to respond to the challenges of the next century." Ronald M. Harden in the Foreword

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. About the editor. List of contributors. Evaluation in the health professions: history and current practice. Criteria for a good assessment. Technology-enabled assessment of health professions education. Research on assessment practices. Assessment for selection for the health care professions and specialty training. Clinical competence assessment. Evaluation of knowledge acquisition. Assessment of professionalism. Best practices in measuring healthcare team performance. Evaluating outcomes in continuing education and training. Culture, medical education and assessment. Workplace based assessment. An international review of the recertification and revalidation of physicians:  progress toward achieving best practices. Evaluation of health professions leadership and management and programs that teach these competencies. Evaluation for program and school accreditation. Looking to the future. Index.

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