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A Delphi study to validate competency-based criteria to assess undergraduate midwifery students' competencies in the maternity ward

Mieke Embo (UGent) , K Helsloot, N Michels and Martin Valcke (UGent)
(2017) MIDWIFERY . 53. p.1-8
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Background: workplace learning plays a crucial role in midwifery education. Twelve midwifery schools in Flanders (Belgium) aimed to implement a standardised and evidence-based method to learn and assess competencies in practice. This study focuses on the validation of competency-based criteria to guide and assess undergraduate midwifery students’ postnatal care competencies in the maternity ward. Method: an online Delphi study was carried out. During three consecutive sessions, experts from workplaces and schools were invited to score the assessment criteria as to their relevance and feasibility, and to comment on the content and their formulation. A descriptive quantitative analysis, and a qualitative thematic content analysis of the comments were carried out. A Mann-Whitney U-test was used to investigate diferences between expert groups. Findings:eleven competencies and fifty-six assessment criteria were found appropriate to assess midwifery students’ competencies in the maternity ward. Overall median scores were high and consensus was obtained for all criteria, except for one during the first round. Although all initial assessment criteria (N=89) were scored as relevant, some of them appeared not feasible in practice. Little difference was found between the expert groups. Comments mainly included remarks about concreteness and measurability. Conclusion: this study resulted in validated criteria to assess postnatal care competencies in the maternity ward.
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Competency-based education, Competency-based assessment, Assessment criteria, Delphi-study, Midwifery education, Postnatal care

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Embo, Mieke, K Helsloot, N Michels, and Martin Valcke. 2017. “A Delphi Study to Validate Competency-based Criteria to Assess Undergraduate Midwifery Students’ Competencies in the Maternity Ward.” Midwifery  53: 1–8.
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Embo, M., Helsloot, K., Michels, N., & Valcke, M. (2017). A Delphi study to validate competency-based criteria to assess undergraduate midwifery students’ competencies in the maternity ward. MIDWIFERY  , 53, 1–8.
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Embo M, Helsloot K, Michels N, Valcke M. A Delphi study to validate competency-based criteria to assess undergraduate midwifery students’ competencies in the maternity ward. MIDWIFERY  . Elsevier BV; 2017;53:1–8.
MLA
Embo, Mieke et al. “A Delphi Study to Validate Competency-based Criteria to Assess Undergraduate Midwifery Students’ Competencies in the Maternity Ward.” MIDWIFERY  53 (2017): 1–8. Print.
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  abstract     = {Background:
workplace learning plays a crucial role in midwifery education. Twelve midwifery schools in
Flanders (Belgium) aimed to implement a standardised and evidence-based method to learn and assess
competencies in practice. This study focuses on the validation of competency-based criteria to guide and assess
undergraduate midwifery students{\textquoteright} postnatal care competencies in the maternity ward.
Method: an online Delphi study was carried out. During three consecutive sessions, experts from workplaces
and schools were invited to score the assessment criteria as to their relevance and feasibility, and to comment on
the content and their formulation. A descriptive quantitative analysis, and a qualitative thematic content
analysis of the comments were carried out. A Mann-Whitney U-test was used to investigate diferences between
expert groups.
Findings:eleven competencies and fifty-six assessment criteria were found appropriate to assess midwifery
students{\textquoteright} competencies in the maternity ward. Overall median scores were high and consensus was obtained for
all criteria, except for one during the first round. Although all initial assessment criteria (N=89) were scored as relevant, some of them appeared not feasible in practice. Little difference was found between the expert groups. Comments mainly included remarks about concreteness and measurability.
Conclusion: this study resulted in validated criteria to assess postnatal care competencies in the maternity
ward.},
  author       = {Embo, Mieke and Helsloot, K and Michels, N and Valcke, Martin},
  issn         = {0266-6138},
  journal      = {MIDWIFERY                                                 },
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--8},
  publisher    = {Elsevier BV},
  title        = {A Delphi study to validate competency-based criteria to assess undergraduate midwifery students' competencies in the maternity ward},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.07.005},
  volume       = {53},
  year         = {2017},
}

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