Research Article

Use of microcomputers for self-assessment and continuing education in anaesthesia.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 06 February 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:403
  1. C Schmulian,
  2. G N Kenny,
  3. D Campbell


    The suitability of computer-assisted self-assessment was evaluated as a means of quality assurance in anaesthesia. Altogether 202 anaesthetists participated in four trials of the method. Analyses of their performance in a self-assessment programme dealing with obstetric anaesthesia showed significant differences in the levels of knowledge of anaesthetists practising for different numbers of years. The acceptability of computer-assisted self-assessment ranged from 91% to 100% for the four trials. Similar programs have been shown to be of value in medical education and thus computer-assisted self-assessment appears to fulfil simultaneously the functions of self-assessment and continuing education. The criteria for a method of quality assurance are met.