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Is time really of the essence? Timeliness of narrative feedback in ophthalmology CBME assessments

Med Teach. 2023 Nov 1:1-6. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2023.2274286. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE: Competency-based medical education relies on a strong program of assessment, and quality comments play a vital role in ensuring its success. The goal of this study is to determine the effect of the timeliness of assessment completion on the quality of the feedback.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the Quality of Assessment for Learning (QuAL) score 2478 assessments were evaluated. The assessments included those completed between July 2017 and December 2020 for 18 ophthalmology residents. Spearman correlation, Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to assess variations in QuAL scores based on the timeliness of assessment completion.

RESULTS: The timeliness of assessment completion ranged from 0 to 299 d with the mean time for completion being 3 d. As the delay increased, the QuAL score decreased. Feedback provided 4, 5, and 14 d post-encounter demonstrated statistically significant differences in the QuAL score. Additionally, there was a significant difference in the timeliness of feedback when there is no written comment.

CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that the timeliness of assessment completion might have an effect on the quality of written feedback. Written feedback should be completed within 14 d of the encounter to optimize quantity and quality.

PMID:37910021 | DOI:10.1080/0142159X.2023.2274286

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