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Table 1 Major suggestions identified through the thematic analysis

From: Improving the assessment of communication competencies in a national licensing OSCE: lessons learned from an experts’ symposium

How can the design of OSCE stations improve the assessment of physician-patient communication competencies?
1. Develop scenarios aimed at measuring the adequacy of examinees’ responses to pre-specified emotional cues
2. Develop scenarios with a main focus on specific communication situations
3. Involve communication experts in the in the development of the OSCE stations
4. Monitor the balance between authenticity and standardization
How can the rating scale improve the assessment of physician-patient communication competencies?
5. Ensure the presence of items that capture case-specific communication outcomes
6. Use a global rating scale for the assessment of general communication competencies
How can simulated patients contribute to the assessment of physician-patient communication competencies?
7. Include an additional assessment of communication by SPs
8. Adapt SPs’ training to the new stations for the assessment of communication competencies
How can the raters’ training be improved?
9. Adapt the raters’ training to the new stations dedicated to the assessment of communication competencies