Are multiple-choice questions a good tool for the assessment of clinical competence in Internal Medicine?

Flavio Tangianu, Antonino Mazzone, Franco Berti, Giuliano Pinna, Irene Bortolotti, Fabrizio Colombo, Carlo Nozzoli, Micaela La Regina, Antonio Greco, Cristina Filannino, Mauro Silingardi, Roberto Nardi

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Abstract

There are many feasible tools for the assessment of clinical practice, but there is a wide consensus on the fact that the simultaneous use of several different methods could be strategic for a comprehensive overall judgment of clinical competence. Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are a well-established reliable method of assessing knowledge. Constructing effective MCQ tests and items requires scrupulous care in the design, review and validation stages. Creating high-quality multiple-choice questions requires a very deep experience, knowledge and large amount of time. Hereby, after reviewing their construction, strengths and limitations, we debate their completeness for the assessment of professional competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalItalian Journal of Medicine
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Clinical competence
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Pass mark criteria

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Are multiple-choice questions a good tool for the assessment of clinical competence in Internal Medicine? / Tangianu, Flavio; Mazzone, Antonino; Berti, Franco; Pinna, Giuliano; Bortolotti, Irene; Colombo, Fabrizio; Nozzoli, Carlo; La Regina, Micaela; Greco, Antonio; Filannino, Cristina; Silingardi, Mauro; Nardi, Roberto.

In: Italian Journal of Medicine, Vol. 12, No. 2, 01.01.2018, p. 88-96.

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Tangianu, F, Mazzone, A, Berti, F, Pinna, G, Bortolotti, I, Colombo, F, Nozzoli, C, La Regina, M, Greco, A, Filannino, C, Silingardi, M & Nardi, R 2018, 'Are multiple-choice questions a good tool for the assessment of clinical competence in Internal Medicine?', Italian Journal of Medicine, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 88-96. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2018.980
Tangianu, Flavio ; Mazzone, Antonino ; Berti, Franco ; Pinna, Giuliano ; Bortolotti, Irene ; Colombo, Fabrizio ; Nozzoli, Carlo ; La Regina, Micaela ; Greco, Antonio ; Filannino, Cristina ; Silingardi, Mauro ; Nardi, Roberto. / Are multiple-choice questions a good tool for the assessment of clinical competence in Internal Medicine?. In: Italian Journal of Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 88-96.
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