Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in assessing pharmacy students’ competence of asthma management in English and Arabic languages

Authors

  • Sanah Hasan Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University of Science and Technology, Ajman
  • Rama AlSabbagh Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah
  • Razan AlHumaidi Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah
  • Mena AlMallah Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah
  • Farman Khan Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah

Keywords:

Assessment, Cultural Competence, Language Competence, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Pharmacy Education

Abstract

Introduction: Tools to assess knowledge, communication and clinical skill of pharmacy students providing linguistically competent patient care are needed. OSCE represents a well-established tool.

Objective: To develop an OSCE assessment of student skill in asthma management in English and Arabic, and to compare students’ performance in the OSCE to traditional assessments.

Methods: A blueprint was constructed to outline competencies, objectives, case scenarios, evaluations and logistics during OSCE assessments.

Results: All 120 enrolled students participated. Students achieved better average scores in OSCE assessments (74.1%) than end of semester final examination (68.6%) and overall course score (72.9%). Overall, students did better in communication-type questions and general assessments rather than individualised patient assessment. Students evaluated their experience and were mostly satisfied.

Conclusions: An OSCE assessment of students’ competence in asthma management administered in English and Arabic was introduced successfully. The assessment raised awareness towards introduction of Arabic language content to the curriculum. 

Author Biographies

Sanah Hasan, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University of Science and Technology, Ajman

PharmD, PhD

Rama AlSabbagh, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah

BSc

Razan AlHumaidi, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah

BSc

Mena AlMallah, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah

MSc

Farman Khan, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy,University of Sharjah

MSc

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Published

11/10/2016

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Research Article