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Table 1 Early Professional Contact Questionnaire

From: Medical students' and facilitators' experiences of an Early Professional Contact course: Active and motivated students, strained facilitators

Itema Students' EPCQ Facilitators' EPCQ
1 Seminars were stimulating and provided valuable knowledge Seminars were stimulating and provided valuable knowledge
2 After this year, I feel increased confidence when meeting patients After this year, my students feel increased confidence when meeting patients
3 The workload has been too heavy in this course My workload as a facilitator has been too heavy in this course
4 My facilitator has stimulated me to contribute with my own experiences, thoughts and knowledge I have stimulated students to contribute with their own experiences, thoughts and knowledge
5 The demands on me have been reasonable on this course The demands on me as a facilitator have been reasonable on this course
6 It was often hard to discover what I was expected to learn during this course It was often hard to discover what I was expected to teach during this course
7 Our group talks has increased my understanding of what I have participated in Our group talks has increased students' understanding of what they have participated in
8 The structure of the EPC days has been good The structure of the EPC days has been good
9 The tasks during the EPC days have been important for my learning The tasks during the EPC days have been important for students learning
10 I have practiced my perceiving and understanding of patients' feelings Students have practiced their perceiving and understanding of patients' feelings
11 The course has given me valuable insight into medical profession and medical service The course has given students valuable insight into medical profession and medical service
12 We students have had the opportunity to influence the content of the EPC days Students have had the opportunity to influence the content of the EPC days
13 My facilitator has given me helpful feed-back in practical situations I have given students helpful feedback in practical situations
14 The course has increased my motivation for biomedical studies My colleagues have taken interest in my students
15 I have trained observing patients' general health condition Students have trained observing patients' general health condition
16 My facilitator has listened to us students, has been taking us seriously and reacting I have listened to the students, have been taking them seriously and reacting
17 Course leaders have given us sufficient information Course leaders have given me information and support
18 The course has inspired me to the medical profession The course has inspired me for coming tasks as a facilitator
19 The study guide has been useful for my studies during this course The study guide has been useful in planning and influencing the practice days
20 My facilitator has worked hard to make the course interesting I have worked hard to make my teaching interesting
21 I have enjoyed this course I have got pleasure out of my task as a facilitator
22 The discussions during seminars have been fruitful The discussions during seminars have been fruitful
23 My facilitator has encouraged me in a number of ways My head of the clinic has encouraged me in a number of ways in my work as a facilitator
24 EPC has been an interesting and valuable course EPC has been an interesting and valuable course
25 I have trained my understanding of people's experience of health and illness Students have been trained in understanding people's experience of health and illness
26 My small student group has functioned well I have had a well functioning student group
27 The aim of the course EPC has been fulfilled The aim of the course EPC has been fulfilled
28 In general, I am satisfied with the quality of this course Facilitator education and facilitator meetings have given me a good and firm ground as facilitator
  1. a The origin of items were as follows: Item 3, 5, 6, 13, 20, 23 and 28 came from short form of Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) and were translated to Swedish by Lander. Items 4, 12, 16 and 24 were developed by Lander et al. Items 1, 2, 7–11, 14, 15, 17–19, 21, 22 and 25–27 were developed specifically for Early Professional Contact Questionnaire (EPCQ).