Using the Exemplar Assessment Tool

The Assessment Exemplar Tool has been designed to closely simulate how a medication dosage calculation problem would need to be solved in a clinical setting.

The problem is presented in an iconic form using authentic imagery of the artefacts (e.g. prescription charts, medication containers, syringes etc.) found in clinical practice. Problems are presented from 4 medication domains:

  1. Tablets and Capsules
  2. Liquid Medicines
  3. Injections
  4. Intravenous Infusions

The problem solving process has essentially 4 steps.
Step 1: Locate and extract the required numerical values

The first step in the problem solving process is knowing where to locate the required numerical values on the prescription chart and medication container label.

Step 2: Set up the equation and perform the calculation

This step requires the user to set up the numerical values in an appropriate equation form and to calculate the correct quantity of medication to be administered or rate of IV solution to be delivered.

In the research study, participants were asked to use pencil and paper to do this - no calculators were allowed.
Step 3: Select an appropriate vehicle for measuring the medication

This step has particular relevance to liquid medicine and injection problems. The user must choose the most appropriate vehicle (e.g. syringe or medicine pot) to accurately measure the required quantity of medication.

Step 4: Accurately measure the quantity of medication to be delivered

This final step requires the user to accurately dispense or draw up the quantity of medication to be administered / accurately set a volumetric pump or manually adjust a drop rate control mechanism.
Watch the Video Demonstration

The problem solving process for each of the 4 medication domains differs slightly as it would in a practice setting. If you would like to watch a short video clip demonstration of each then click the links on the sidebar to the right.
Take the Test!

If you would like to try the actual assessment problems used for the research then click the link. You will be presented with full feedback on your performance!
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