Sleszynski S, Glonek T, Kuchera W. Outpatient Osteopathic Single Organ System Musculoskeletal Exam Form: Training and Certification. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2004;104(2):76–81. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2004.104.2.76.
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The Outpatient Osteopathic Single Organ System Musculoskeletal Exam Form (SOS form) is a standardized examination data form. A standardized form is necessary to ensure that essential quality data are collected during osteopathic studies and that each submitted form is completed adequately and uniformly. Use of the standardized form permits reliable statistical computations from the collected data. The training process for the SOS form incorporated the following elements: (1) training investigators to use the form; (2) having trainees transcribe three clinical case examples onto SOS forms; (3) comparing each transcribed clinical case to a prepared key; (4) evaluating the trainees' work for accuracy; and (5) statistically evaluating the trainees' records for intraexaminer and interexaminer reliability.
The success or failure of trainees to receive certification in their training process involved evaluating their ability to accurately and appropriately record data collected from three case examples. These cases were designed to evaluate recording accuracy and intraexaminer and interexaminer reliability. All trainees scored 80% or better for accuracy, and their work had good intraexaminer and interexaminer reliability. As a result, all trainees were awarded a numbered certificate for successful completion of the training process. Having a pool of well-trained, certified investigators available and ready to participate in the gathering of data through the use of the SOS form ensures that necessary data are collected and that the resulting databases are unified. It will also facilitate comparisons and statistical analysis of osteopathic research projects. Standardized forms and certified investigators will improve the quality of osteopathic research throughout the profession.
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