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Natl J Integr Res Med. 2015; 6(5): 86-89

Introducing Objective Structured Practical Examination In Physiotherapy

Dr. Tushar J. Palekar*, Dr. Gaurang D. Baxi**, Dr. Shahnawaz Anwer***.

Background: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) are newer methods of performance assessment which take care of challenges of the traditional performance assessment methods. The purpose of study was to introduce OSPE in physiotherapy undergraduate practical examination. Methods: The study was conducted at Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune, for 37 students in the second year. Four OSPE stations were created for assessing students on their practical skills in the subject of kinesiotherapy. After the OSPE, feedback was taken from the students and examiners on the format of the exam. Results: 56% students felt that practical skills were tested better and 59.4% students reported that OSPE helped them to develop confidence over subject. 51.3% students felt that the OSPE should be the pattern of examination in the physiotherapy. 75% of examiners felt that OSPE tested objectivity and it is also easy to administer. Teacher recommended that OSPE should be introduced in the physiotherapy examinations. Discussion: This study showed that OSPE was well accepted by the students, and it is feasible to introduce OSPE in the physiotherapy examination. [Baxi G NJIRM 2015; 6(5): 86-89]

Key words: OSPE, Assessment, Practical examination, Traditional examination, Physiotherapy.

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