An evaluation of a computer simulation in the assessment of physician competence


Journal Article

This study compares physician performance on the Computer-Aided Simulation of the Clinical Encounter (CASE) with peer ratings and performance on multiple choice questions (MCQs) and patient management problems (PMPs). CASEis a simulation of the clinical encounter where the computer plays the role of the patient and the physician elicits information by entering “natural language” questions into a computer terminal. Results indicate that all formats are equally valid, although MCQs are the most reliable methods of assessment per unit of testing time, followed by PMPs and CASE, in that order. All methods measure the same or very highly correlated aspects of competence. © 1986, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Norcini, JJ; Meskauskas, JA; Langdon, LO; Webster, GD

Published Date

  • January 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 286 - 304

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3918

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-2787

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/016327878600900302

Citation Source

  • Scopus