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Authors: Weimer, Johannes Matthias
Rink, Maximilian
Müller, Lukas
Dirks, Klaus
Ille, Carlotta
Bozzato, Alessandro
Sproll, Christoph
Weimer, Andreas Michael
Neubert, Christian
Buggenhagen, Holger
Ernst, Benjamin Philipp
Symeou, Luisa
Lorenz, Liv Annebritt
Hollinderbäumer, Anke
Künzel, Julian
Title: Development and integration of DOPS as formative tests in head and neck ultrasound education : proof of concept study for exploration of perceptions
Online publication date: 17-Aug-2023
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: In Germany, progress assessments in head and neck ultrasonography training have been carried out mainly theoretically and lack standardisation. Thus, quality assurance and comparisons between certified courses from various course providers are difficult. This study aimed to develop and integrate a direct observation of procedural skills (DOPS) in head and neck ultrasound education and explore the perceptions of both participants and examiners. Five DOPS tests oriented towards assessing basic skills were developed for certified head and neck ultrasound courses on national standards. DOPS tests were completed by 76 participants from basic and advanced ultrasound courses (n = 168 documented DOPS tests) and evaluated using a 7-point Likert scale. Ten examiners performed and evaluated the DOPS after detailed training. The variables of “general aspects” (6.0 Scale Points (SP) vs. 5.9 SP; p = 0.71), “test atmosphere” (6.3 SP vs. 6.4 SP; p = 0.92), and “test task setting” (6.2 SP vs. 5.9 SP; p = 0.12) were positively evaluated by all participants and examiners. There were no significant differences between a basic and advanced course in relation to the overall results of DOPS tests (p = 0.81). Regardless of the courses, there were significant differences in the total number of points achieved between individual DOPS tests. DOPS tests are accepted by participants and examiners as an assessment tool in head and neck ultrasound education. In view of the trend toward “competence-based” teaching, this type of test format should be applied and validated in the future.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Diagnostics
Pages or article number: 661
Publisher: MDPI
Publisher place: Basel
Issue date: 2023
ISSN: 2075-4418
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Publisher DOI: 10.3390/diagnostics13040661
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