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The timely completion of objective assessment tools for evaluation of technical skills†
Article first published online: 1 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 122, Issue 11, pages 2418–2421, November 2012
How to Cite
Laeeq, K., Francis, H. W., Varela, D. A. D. V., Malik, M. U., Cummings, C. W. and Bhatti, N. I. (2012), The timely completion of objective assessment tools for evaluation of technical skills. The Laryngoscope, 122: 2418–2421. doi: 10.1002/lary.23494
- Issue published online: 25 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 1 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 29 APR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 6 MAR 2012
- objective assessment of surgical skills;
- surgical skills;
- formative feedback;
- faculty buy-in;
- faculty development;
- Level of Evidence: 1b
To this date the effect of the time taken to complete an evaluation on the psychometric properties of the instrument has not been reported. The goal of our study was to assess the effect of time taken to complete an evaluation on its validity.
Cross-sectional validation study.
The global and checklist parts of tonsillectomy, mastoidectomy, rigid bronchoscopy, and endoscopic sinus surgery were used in the operating room by the otolaryngology faculty to evaluate the surgical skills of the residents. We categorized evaluations into two groups depending on the time taken to complete an evaluation (group A ≤6 days, group B >6 days). Construct validity was calculated for both groups by comparing the mean global and checklist scores of the residents across advancing postgraduate year levels.
A total of 468 evaluations, consisting of global and checklist parts, were completed for 29 residents by 32 evaluators. Mean number of days taken to complete an evaluation was 7.7 days. For all the evaluations completed within a 6-day time period, the construct validity was significant for both global and checklist parts of the four instruments. In cases of the evaluations completed after 6 days, the construct validity was significant for the tonsillectomy instrument only.
Our results indicate that the time taken to complete an evaluation has a significant effect on the construct validity of the objective instrument. In the future, efforts should be focused on faculty development to ensure timely completion of the evaluation for a more valid assessment process. Laryngoscope, 2012