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The influence of candidates’ physical attributes on patient ratings in simulated assessments of clinical practice

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posted on 2023-06-10, 04:16 authored by C A Brown, K Badger, M D Reid, R Westacott, M Gurnell, Malcolm ReedMalcolm Reed, G Chamberlain, E Hatfield, A Sharif, A H Sam
Background We have previously shown that clinical examiners’ scoring is not negatively impacted when a candidate has a tattoo, unnatural hair colour, or a regional accent. We investigated whether these physical attributes in exam candidates impact patient scoring. Methods Simulated/real patients were randomly assigned to watch five videos of simulated candidate performances of a cranial nerve examination: clear fail, borderline, good, ‘clear pass’ without an attribute, and ‘clear pass’ with one of the attributes (tattoo, purple hair, accent). Participants scored domains of communication and professionalism. We compared scores for the clear pass candidates with and without attributes. Results One hundred and eighty three patients participated. The total scores for the candidates with tattoos and purple hair were higher than the candidate with no physical attribute (p?


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