Background: Team assessment of behaviour (TAB) is the MSF assessment tool for doctors in training in the UK Foundation Curriculum. To encourage self-assessment by Foundation doctors of their own performance, they were asked to complete a Self-TAB.
Aim: To compare doctors' self-scores with raters' scores on TAB.
Methods: Self-TAB scores for 834 Foundation doctors were compared with rater scores in terms of descriptive statistics, concerns, correlations and a multivariate linear regression model using SPSS.
Results: Foundation doctors self-scored far fewer concerns than did raters (12 doctors as having some concern, compared with 73 doctors with some concern and 23 doctors with major concern rated by others). The correlations between Self-TAB and TAB was positive, but not high, although significant. A total of 42% of Foundation doctors correctly identified concerns confirmed by other raters.
Conclusion: Foundation doctors have a limited ability to self assess. Nevertheless, this needs to be developed through constructive feedback and appraisal.