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Table 3 Outcome of Facilitators' Early Professional Contact Questionnaire (EPCQ)

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

    Agree 1 Disagree 5
Item Aspect Question 1 2 3 4 5
1 Seminars Seminars were stimulating and provided valuable knowledge 5 8 2 0 0
2 Students' confidence After this year, my students feel increased confidence when meeting patients 8 7 0 0 0
3 Workload The workload as a facilitator has been too heavy in this course 1 4 6 3 1
4 Students contribution I have stimulated students to contribute with their own experiences, thoughts and knowledge 2 12 1 0 0
5 Demands The demands on me as a facilitator have been reasonable on this course 4 9 1 1 0
6 Expectations It was often hard to discover what I was expected to teach during this course 2 3 1 4 5
7 Group talks Our group talks has increased students' understanding of what they have participated in 5 9 1 0 0
8 EPC day structure The structure of the EPC days has been good 5 7 2 1 0
9 EPC day tasks The tasks during EPC days have been important for students learning 5 7 2 1 0
10 Patients feelings Students have practiced their perceiving and understanding of patients' feelings 4 11 0 0 0
11 Medical profession The course has given students valuable insight into medical profession and medical service 10 3 2 0 0
12 Students' influence Students have had the opportunity to influence the content of practice days 4 10 1 0 0
13 Feedback I have given students helpful feedback in practical situations 4 9 2 0 0
14 Colleagues My colleagues have taken interest in my students 6 3 5 1 0
15 Clinical skill Students have trained observing patients' general health condition 2 12 1 0 0
16 Listening to students I have listened to the students, have been taking them seriously and reacting 8 7 0 0 0
17 Course leaders Course leaders have given me information and support 8 5 2 0 0
18 Inspiration The course has inspired me for coming tasks as a facilitator 7 5 1 2 0
19 Study guide The study guide has been useful in planning and effecting the EPC days 9 3 2 1 0
20 Teaching effort I have worked hard to make my teaching interesting 12 2 1 0 0
21 Pleasure I have got pleasure out of my task as a facilitator 9 3 1 2 0
22 Seminars The discussions during seminars have been fruitful 5 7 2 1 0
23 Encouragement My head of the clinic has encouraged me in a number of ways in my work as a facilitator 3 1 9 1 1
24 Interesting course EPC has been an interesting and valuable course 9 5 1 0 0
25 Health experience Students have been trained in understanding people's experience of health and illness 7 8 0 0 0
26 Student group I have had a well functioning student group 10 3 2 0 0
27 Course aim The aim of the course EPC has been fulfilled 5 7 2 1 0
28 Facilitator education Facilitator education and facilitator meetings have given me a good and firm ground as facilitator 9 5 1 0 0