Validating an assessment tool

In Phases III and IV, 2 groups of parents of children with and without feeding difficulties participated in cognitive interviews to gain respondent feedback on content, format, and item interpretation.The authors analyzed interviews using matrix display strategies.The authors hypothesized that subjects would demonstrate improvement across multiple domains of performance with repetition of robotic microsurgical tasks.Methods: In part 1, a novel assessment instrument called the Structured Assessment of Robotic Microsurgical Skills was tested.The principal component analysis extracted five multiple-item scales (first contact utilization, first contact accessibility, ongoing care, comprehensiveness, and coordination).

Although well established in medical education, the validity of assessing student performance during SP encounters has not been adequately addressed in physical therapist education.

Ninety-six percent (22/23) of the SP assessment criteria reached statistically significant levels of agreement, with matching statements from at least one of the professional documents.

Respondents indicated that the SP assessment tool was either more detailed or specific than the published professional documents; however, it was generally less comprehensive. Faculty concluded that the SP assessment criteria were generally consistent with practice expectations and thus a valid form of measurement.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205, USAReceived 5 October 2015; Accepted 22 December 2015Academic Editor: Alberto Raggi Copyright © 2016 Jie Mei et al.

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. With Chinese health care reform increasingly emphasizing the importance of primary care, the need for a tool to evaluate primary care performance and service delivery is clear.