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Monitoring the integrity and usability of policy evaluation tools within an evolving socio-cultural context: A demonstration of reflexivity using the CFPC Family Medicine Longitudinal Survey
  • Deena Hamza,
  • Lawrence Grierson
Deena Hamza
University of Alberta

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Lawrence Grierson
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Rationale, aims and objectives: Over the last decade, policy changes have prompted Canadian medical education to emphasize a transformation to competency-based education, and subsequent development of evaluation tools. The pandemic provides a unique opportunity to emphasize the value of reflexive monitoring, a cyclical and iterative process of appraisal and adaptation, since tools are influenced by social and cultural factors relevant at the time of their development. Methods: Deductive content analysis of documents and resources about the advancement of primary care. Reflexive monitoring of the Family Medicine Longitudinal Survey (FMLS), an evaluation tool for physician training. Results: The FMLS tool does not explore all training experiences that are currently relevant; including, incorporating technology, infection control and safety, public health services referrals, patient preferences for care modality, and trauma-informed culturally safe care. Conclusion: The results illustrate that reflection promotes the validity and usefulness of the data collected to inform policy performance and other initiatives. Keywords: program evaluation; health professions education; reflexive monitoring; competency-based education; healthcare policy
28 Sep 2021Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
30 Sep 2021Assigned to Editor
30 Sep 2021Submission Checks Completed
04 Oct 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
26 Oct 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Oct 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor