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Identifying appropriate tasks for the preregistration year: modified Delphi technique

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Stewart, Catherine O'Halloran, Dr Patrick Harrigan, Emeritus Professor John Spencer, Professor Roger Barton, Professor Stephen Singleton


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Objectives To identify the tasks that should constitute the work of preregistration house officers to provide the basis for the development of a self evaluation instrument Design Literature review and modified Delphi technique. Setting Northern Deanery within the Northern and Yorkshire office NHS executive. Subjects 67 educational supervisors of preregistration house officers. Main outcome measures Percentage of agreement by educational supervisors to tasks identified from the literature. Results Over 61% of communication items, 70% of on call patient care items, 75% of routine patient care items, 45% of practical procedure items, and over 63% of self management items achieved over 95% agreement that they should be part of the house job of preregistration house officers. Poor agreement was found for the laboratory and clinical investigations that house officers could perform with or without supervision. Conclusions The tasks of house officers were identified but issues in using this method and in devising a universally acceptable list of tasks for preregistration house officers were apparent.

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Author(s): O'Halloran C; Stewart J; Singleton SJ; Barton JR; Harrigan P; Spencer JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Medical Journal

Year: 1999

Volume: 319

Issue: 7204

Pages: 224-229

Print publication date: 01/07/1999

ISSN (print): 0959-535X

ISSN (electronic): 1756-1833

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/bmj.319.7204.224


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