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The psychiatric MCQ: are ‘possibles’ always true?

  • Jonathan I. Bisson (a1)
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The above specimen MRCPsych Part 1 question (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1989) illustrates well the difficulties facing the examination candidate who is required to make a TRUE/FALSE/DON'T KNOW decision in the knowledge that an incorrect response will result in a negative mark.

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The psychiatric MCQ: are ‘possibles’ always true?

  • Jonathan I. Bisson (a1)
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