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Table 1 Inter-rater reliability of individual Interview Rating Scale items (n = 53)

From: Does the inclusion of 'professional development' teaching improve medical students' communication skills?

  Item Weighted kappa (κ)
1 Beginning of interview 0.54
2 Body posture 0.21
3 Eye contact 0.47
4 Frequency of interruptions 0.29
5 Use of silence 0.23
6 Use of facilitation 0.42
7 Ability to keep discussion relevant 0.36
8 Picking up leads 0.17§
9 Covering psychosocial concerns 0.16§
10 Discussion of personal issues 0.22
11 Empathy 0.25
12 Warmth 0.22
13 Questioning style 0.21
14 Clarity 0.11§
15 Ending of interview 0.24
  1. §Three items with a poor weighted kappa (κ < 0.20), items 8, 9 and 14, were excluded from further analyses [25].