Type of Article : Original Research
Year: 2015 | Volume 3 | Issue 6 | Page No. 1307-1311
Date of Publication: 11-12-2015
FACULTY AND STUDENT PERCEPTIONS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF OBJECTIVE STRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATION IN AN UNDERGRADUATE PHYSIOTHERAPY COURSE: A PILOT STUDY
Mullai Dhinakaran *1, Jugesh Chattwal 2, Dheeraj K.V 3.
*1 Associate Professor, College of Physiotherapy, CMC & Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
2 Professor, Head of the Department, Department of Paediatrics, CMC & Hospital, Ludhiana, India.
3 Professor, College of Physiotherapy, CMC & Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Corresponding author: Mullai Dhinakaran, Associate Professor, College of Physiotherapy, CMC & H, Ludhiana. Punjab, India.
Background: The clinical education methods in undergraduate physiotherapy training are well integrated but the methodology of the clinical skill assessment still remains subjective. Due to lack of objective clinical assessment, competency in clinical skills becomes compromised.
Aim and Objectives: To introduce Objective Structured Clinical Examination to Physiotherapy faculty, students and determine the perception of Physiotherapy faculty and students about OSCE method of clinical assessment.
Methodology: OSCE was conducted to undergraduate physiotherapy 4th year students (n – 20) by OSCE trained staff members (n -8) of College of Physiotherapy. CMC &H, Ludhiana. By the end of exam, self-administered questionnaires were distributed and piloted to both faculty and students. They answered each item on 5- point Likert scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree).
Results: The piloted data was analysed with descriptive statistics. The entire faculty perceived that OSCE helping to enhance the evaluation method of clinical assessment. More than 80% of the students felt that OSCE should be an effective clinical assessment tool. Both faculty and students felt that OSCE method of clinical assessment is less stressful but more exhausting and lengthy. Both groups were satisfied except more preparatory period for the exam as they expressed in open comments.
Conclusions: This pilot study provided valuable feedback from faculty and students when OSCE assessment was introduced into undergraduate physiotherapy course. It helps for standardization of Physiotherapy clinical assessment.
KEY WORDS: OSCE, Formative PT assessment, faculty perception, Students’ perception.
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Mullai Dhinakaran, Jugesh Chattwal, Dheeraj K.V. FACULTY AND STUDENT PERCEPTIONS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF OBJECTIVE STRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATION IN AN UNDERGRADUATE PHYSIOTHERAPY COURSE: A PILOT STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2015;3(6):1307-1311. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2015.196