The Relationship Between the Nature of Practice and Performance on a Cognitive Examination - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study further examines the relationship between the nature of practice and performance on the 1997 or 1999 critical care medicine recertification examination. The researchers specifically focused on questions pertaining to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. Additionally, they asked participants to provide information about the amount of time and difficulty of care they provide to patients with these problems. They found that for cardiovascular disease there was a significant relationship between volume and complexity with test scores for both years. However, for pulmonary disease, only volume had a significant relationship with test scores in the 1997 group. Although, both factors were significant in 1999. While keeping the limitations in mind, these results suggest the examination performance is related to performance of the practice of care and not merely testing a physicians ability to recall facts.

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