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Title: The relationship between measures of patient satisfaction and enablement and professional assessments of consultation competence.
Authors: McKinley, RK
Fraser, RC
Baker, RH
Riley, RD
First Published: May-2004
Citation: MED TEACH, 2004, 26 (3), pp. 223-228
Abstract: The authors examined the extent of the relationship between a Consultation satisfaction questionnaire and Patient enablement instrument scores and professionally assessed consultation competence scores of senior medical students. Three analyses were performed: (i) linear regression with mean overall competence score as response variable; (ii) sensitivity and specificity calculations using patient scores to classify competence; (iii) a repeated measures model with consultation-specific competence score as response variable. One hundred and nineteen students and 388 patients took part. Consultation satisfaction and enablement scores were weakly correlated with overall and consultation specific competence scores (correlation coefficient 0.16 to 0.44). 'Satisfaction with professional care' had a sensitivity of 0.68, specificity of 0.72 and positive and negative predictive values of 0.32 and 0.92 respectively. It is concluded that patient and professional assessments may complement, but do not replace, each other. Levels of patient satisfaction should not be used as proxy measures of the quality of consultation competence.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01421590410001683186
ISSN: 0142-159X
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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