The validity of general practitioners'self assessment of knowledge : cross sectional study.
To determine whether general practitioners can make accurate self assessments of their knowledge in specific areas.
67 general practitioners completed a self assessment of their level of knowledge over a variety of topics using a nine point semantic differential scale.
An objective assessment of their knowledge was then made by administering true-false tests on two of the topics : thyroid disorders and non-insulin dependent diabetes.
The study was repeated with another group of 60 general practitioners, using sexually transmitted diseases as the topic.
General practices in New Zealand.
Random sample of 67 general practitioners in Auckland.
Main outcome measure
Test scores for self assessment and for actual knowledge.
Correlations between self assessments and test scores were poor for all three topics studied (r=0.19 for thyroid disorders, 0.21 for non-insulin dpendent diabetes, 0.19 for sexually transmitted diseases).
As general practitioners cannot accurately assess their own level of knowledge on a given topic, professional development programmes that rely on the doctors'self perceptions to assess their needs are likely to be seriously flawed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Evaluation, Connaissance, Validité, Formation professionnelle, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Evaluation, Knowledge, Validity, Occupational training, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0033438
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 17/04/1998.