DRECT (Dutch Residents Educational Climate Test) is a questionnaire that offers information about the learning climate within residency training.
Safe and supportive learning climate is of great importance for the development of residents. We know from research that it can have a positive effect on motivation, confidence, and academic achievements of learners. The learning climate describes the context within which the resident (and clinical teachers) work, such as the work- and educational setting, the work culture, the way of communicating with each other, the “soft” aspects of cooperation, the written and unwritten rules, etc.
DRECT questionnaire measures the learning climate using 35 items spread over 9 learning domains, such as patient handover, collaboration between educators and cooperation of residents themselves. The questionnaire is validated for the Dutch situation through internal and external validation studies. You can find more information about the development of DRECT in the article of Klarke Boor et al. (2011). In addition to closed questions there is also enough room where residents can leave “comments and suggestions” about the learning climate, if desired. Recently, the DRECT has been re-validated on a bigger sample, which has led to the current structure of the questionnaire.
The questionnaire is filled out by all residents in one residency program (one questionnaire per resident).
Participation in DRECT is anonymous for the residents. The feedback report displays only the number of residents who have completed the evaluation, but not the year of training or gender of the resident. This information is only used for research purposes.
A single feedback report is generated per residency program.
Web based evaluation
The evaluation of the learning climate with the help of the DRECT questionnaire is completely web based. Filling out the questionnaires as well as receiving of the DRECT feedback report is completely automatic. The security of the system fulfils strict safety requirements.