Performance assessment in palliative care education

Dr. Piret Paal was invited to discuss the importance of performance assessment in palliative care education during a zoominar organized by Eramus+ financed EDUPALL Project on the 23rd of July in 2020.

Dr. Paal argues: "When we look at the publications the importance of well-aimed performance assessment is disregarded. A systematic review I conducted in 2014 on effects of spiritual care education indicated that clear statements about what are the training objectives and what is expected from participants after the training, is central, in order to find an accurate form for performance assessment. If participants are expected to demonstrate their sensitivity towards spiritual matters or personal death, a written assignment, such as an essay, could be adequate. In case a rise in practical skills is hoped for, the performance assessment should include practical assignments, encompassing opportunities for self-reflection and feedback. The use of validated tools was equally problematic. Measures that serve the research purpose need to meet the research criteria by being validated and suited for healthy populations." 

Why is performance assessment an essential part of all educational models? What is baseline assessment? How to get student's "on board"? What is retrospective self-assessment? This tutorial is helpful to all faculty members involved in  teaching. Be inspired.