How to use DOPS in practice

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Direct observation of practical skills (DOPS)

Foundation assessment tool

Directly Observed Practical Skills (DOPS) is a method similar to the Pharmaceutical Care Assessment (PCA/CEX) that has been designed specifically for the assessment of practical skills.

This tool is useful for demonstrating competence in a range of practical activities.

The observed process should take no longer than 15 – 20 minutes, and a further five minutes should be allocated for obtaining feedback.

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How to use DOPS in practice

Flu Vaccination

How to use DOPS in practice

Community example

Completing the DOPS assessment

Flu Vaccination

Completing the DOPS assessment

Community example


How to use a DOPS in practice

Hospital example

Completing the DOPS assessment

Hospital example

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