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Single best answer question-writing tips for clinicians
  1. J L Walsh1,2,
  2. B H L Harris2,3,
  3. P E Smith2
  1. 1Vascular Medicine Programme, American University of Beirut Medical Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
  2. 2Cardiff University School of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK
  3. 3St Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Phil Smith, The Alan Richens Epilepsy Unit, Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; SmithPE{at}


Assessment is essential for progression in medical careers. Thus, an important aspect of developing as a clinical teacher is the ability to produce high-quality assessments for junior colleagues. The single best answer (SBA) question format is becoming ubiquitous in the assessment of the application of knowledge in clinical medicine; writing this style of examination question can be a challenge. This concise guide highlights key SBA question-writing tips, aiming to help aspiring clinical teachers set high-quality knowledge assessments.

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