The Evaluation of Competence: Validity Issues in the Health Professions

William C. Mcgaghie*

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Abstract

Problems regarding the validity of competence evaluation in the health professions are widespread and dif ficult to resolve.This article begins by describing the origins and purpose of health professions competence evaluation,and proceeds to offer definitions of the terms competence and validity. Factors affecting the validity of competence evaluation in the health professions, including characteristics of the decision situation and the type of information customarily used to reach competence decisions, are discussed. Subsequently, an alternative model is described that holds promise for in creasing the validity of competenceevaluation. The article concludes with a call for greater conceptual clarity when competenceevaluation in the health professions is planned and conducted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-320
Number of pages32
JournalEvaluation & the Health Professions
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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