Scheme has to be compulsory for proper evaluationBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1556a (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1556
- Guy Houghton
- Associate adviser in general practice Greenbank Surgery, Birmingham B28 8BG
EDITOR,—Douglas Carnall is correct in pointing out the lack of evidence to show that there has been any improvement in patients' care as a result of summative assessment in general practice.1 This is hardly surprising, given the longstanding difficulties in deciding on reliable measures of practice performance and the achievement of Professor T Murray and his educational team in the west of Scotland in presenting a practical, validated assessment tool in so short a period.
Carnall's demand …