Has there been a change in the knowledge of GP registrars between 2011 and 2016 as measured by performance on common items in the Applied Knowledge Test?

Neden, Catherine A and Parkin, Claire and Blow, Carol and Niroshan Siriwardena, Aloysius (2018) Has there been a change in the knowledge of GP registrars between 2011 and 2016 as measured by performance on common items in the Applied Knowledge Test? Education for Primary Care, . ISSN 1473-9879. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2018.1467737) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess whether the absolute standard of candidates sitting the MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) between 2011 and 2016 had changed. It is a descriptive study comparing the performance on marker questions of a reference group of UK graduates taking the AKT for the first time between 2011 and 2016. Using aggregated examination data, the performance of individual ‘marker’ questions was compared using Pearson’s chi-squared tests and trend-line analysis. Binary logistic regression was used to analyse changes in performance over the study period. Changes in performance of individual marker questions using Pearson’s chi-squared test showed statistically significant differences in 32 of the 49 questions included in the study. Trend line analysis showed a positive trend in 29 questions and a negative trend in the remaining 23. The magnitude of change was small. Logistic regression did not demonstrate any evidence for a change in the performance of the question set over the study period. However, candidates were more likely to get items on administration wrong compared with clinical medicine or research. There was no evidence of a change in performance of the question set as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Medical education, assessment, Applied Knowledge Test, multiple choice test, standard
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Professional Practice
Depositing User: Claire Parkin
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 09:06 UTC
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 11:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66955 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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