RESPACC was an Erasmus + funded project to develop a framework of core research competencies for palliative care (PC)
clinicians and supporting education materials (http://www.studiipaliative.ro/projects/research-respacc/). The supporting materials
included a self-assessment quiz to guide PC multidisciplinary team members on areas of research understanding that needed
further development. The objective was to pilot the self-assessment quiz developed based on the research competency
framework for PC clinical teams and test it for face validity and clarity.
Methods: A pilot observational study was conducted to test the self-assessment quiz for face validity and clarity.
The self-assessment quiz was developed between May-November 2021. It was structured to include questions about each of
the competencies in the seven domains of the framework, using the examples. Items within the quiz were responded on a 5-
points ordinal scale, with participants identifying their perceived competency as: Novice, Advanced Beginner, Competent,
Proficient, Expert (each clearly defined). The quiz was developed in English and then translated into the national languages of
partners (Greek, Romanian, Spanish). The quiz was piloted with Romanian PC professionals attending the National Palliative
Care Conference. Questions about clarity of the quiz, suggestions for improvements were asked together with some
demographic data about participants.
Results: Multidisciplinary PC clinicians participated in the pilot testing (18 physicians, 4 nurses, 2 psychologists and 1
physiotherapist). Most (n=15) had less than one year of experience in PC. Participants identified themselves as: Novice (n=5),
Advanced beginner (n=9), Competent (n=5), Proficient (n=3), Expert (n=3). All respondents answered all question without
difficulties and considered the quiz to be clearly written, well structured and adequate.
Conclusions: The self-assessment quiz is easy to use, and may be useful in helping members of PC teams assess their
competencies and identify their research education needs.
Keywords: pilot test, competency, research, palliative care