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The effectiveness of self-assessment on the identification of learner needs, learner activity, and impact on clinical practice: BEME Guide 10


The self-regulating health professional is increasingly expected to identify their own learning needs through a process of ongoing self-assessment. Self-assessment is integral to many appraisal systems and has been espoused as an important aspect of personal professional behaviour by several regulatory bodies and those developing learning outcomes for clinical students. In order to determine whether specific methods of self-assessment can lead to changes in learning activity or clinical practice, we undertook a systematic review of the health professions’ literature. In this review we considered the evidence base on self-assessment since Gordon’s comprehensive review in 1991.


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