Table 1

Student answers (correct and incorrect) to equivalent VSA and SBA questions in 10 prescribing areas

Grouped by subjectVSA correctVSA incorrectSBA correctSBA incorrectP value
Alcohol withdrawal28943969335<0.0001
Analgesia2611559928892<0.0001
Anticoagulation2921164721735<0.0001
Antimicrobials1168283626251379<0.0001
Emergencies47913411022798<0.0001
Fluids8017408181002<0.0001
Inhaled therapy164564410318<0.0001
Insulin26702362366<0.0001
Paediatrics589503894198<0.0001
Steroids98994620472<0.0001
  • SBA, single best answer; VSA, very short answer.