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The Osteopathic Clinical Practice Assessment - a pilot study to develop a new workplace-based assessment tool

By Brett Vaughan and Keri Moore


It is widely recognised that multiple forms of assessment are required in order to make decisions about learner competency and fitness-topractice. One assessment tool that is gaining popularity in the Australian allied health professions is the global clinical competency assessment. These tools are designed to assess learner performance across a range of areas required for professional practice, with the assessment typically performed at the end of a ‘block’ clinical placement. There is no literature on their use in osteopathy longitudinal placements. To explore the applicability of an adaptation of the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice in an osteopathic context. The study presents pilot data and discussion about the adaptation of a workplace-based assessment tool e the Osteopathic Clinical Practice Assessment (OCPA). Evaluation of the OCPA using data from multiple administrations. Setting: Osteopathic on-campus, student-led teaching clinic at one Australian university. Clinical Educators completed the OCPA for learners during weeks 5 and 12 of a 12 week semester. Descriptive statistics were generated for the data. The Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to investigate differences between the week 5 and 12 ratings. Cronbach’s alpha was used to assess the internal consistency and Spearman’s coefficient used to assess the relationship between the total OCPA score and global rating

Topics: Assessment, Competency, Capability, Evaluation, Medicine and Health Sciences
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2015.05.002
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