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

Submitted: 7 January 2018
Accepted: 27 March 2018
Published: 20 June 2018
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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.

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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, 12(2), 88–96. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2018.980

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