Author: Chean KY, Khan A, Tan KC, Ho KC, Lim SC, and Goh LG Publication Year: 2012
Summary: Using the CAT assessment tool this paper will discuss what differences and similarities exist between tutors’ scores and students’ self-assessment scores, and between tutors’ scores and simulated patient’s scores, in a communication role-play scenario.
Description: The Communication Assessment Tool (CAT) developed by Makoul et al (Makoul et al, 2007) to assess patient perceptions of physicians’ interpersonal and communication skills has been used to assess communication skills in Family Residents (Myerholtz et al, 2010). This paper reports the use of CAT in a study to compare the scores of tutors with the self-assessment scores of medical students undertaking their undergraduate Family Medicine posting in a communication role-play session.

The research question asked is, “Using the CAT assessment tool developed by Makoul et al (Makoul et, al, 2007), what differences and similarities exist between tutor scores and student self-assessment scores, and between tutor scores and simulated patient scores, in a communication role-play scenario?”

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