Rating of clinical skills texts for evidence-based approach

TextbookDiscussion about diagnostic processGeneral discussion of accuracy and reliabilityAccuracy of specific signs or symptoms providedReferences providedRelative frequency of disease or clinical findingComments
*Cells in which students’ rating prior to consensus differed from academics. Their initial rating for each of these 3 texts was “1”.
Rating Scale
0—no mention of concept
1—concept explained briefly, no examples given
2—concept explained and some examples given
3—concept consistently explained and applied throughout book.
Bates21010Discusses evidence-based medicine and the diagnostic process
Davies0*0000A brief primer rather than a textbook
Ogilvie & Evans0*0000/1Good diagrams, tables and photographs
Larkins & Smallwood20010/1Only 1 reference cited in entire book
Talley & O’Connor10122Section correlating symptoms and signs with particular diseases
Munro & Campbell10012Useful chapter conclusions on common pitfalls (v brief)
Lumley0*0001Mention of prevalence of conditions and survival rates
Gray & Toghill11002Tables on common and less common causes for some presentations
Swash & Hutchinson11100
Browse00000/1Traditional surgical text disease-based approach