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Feedback: objective appraisal of performance intended to improve skills-free of criticism or judgment.  This is like "coaching."

Effective feedback can promote desirable behaviors and encourages improvement.  Effective feedback is: specific, descriptive, respectful, focused on behavior NOT the person, timely, balanced, planned, private and concise.

The preceptor should say: "I want to give you some feedback..."

Examples of Feedback

Ask: How do you think you did? What went well?  What could have gone better?

Tell: React to the person's observation.  Provide positive and constructive feedback.  Regulate quantity.

Ask: Ask about the individual's understanding and strategies for improvement

Evaluation: summative process based on compiled feedback.  It is judgment of a performance compared to a standard.



The One-Minute Preceptor (video)

reviewed 8/2014

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