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Table 3 Categories used to code the content of the feedback and related definitions

From: The quality of feedback during formative OSCEs depends on the tutors’ profile

Category Definition Example
Content – history taking Number of items mentioned and/or discussed regarding history taking during the feedback session It is good that you asked about the presence of shortness of breath
Don’t forget to ask about the past history
Content – physical examination Number of items related to diagnosis and management mentioned and/or discussed regarding the physical examination during the feedback session Your physical exam was systematic
You did not palpate the spleen
Content – explanation and planning-ending the session Number of items mentioned and/or discussed regarding the suspected diagnosis and management The diagnosis was correct
Content – communication skills Number of items related to communication skills mentioned and/or discussed during the feedback session I liked the way you responded to the patients’ emotions
You used jargon during the encounter
Elaboration – clinical reasoning Number of times the tutor elaborated in directive or facilitative way on the importance or relevance of collecting such items during the feedback session Why is it important to ask about gynecological complaints in a young woman with abdominal pain? (facilitative)
Elaboration – communication/professionalism Number of times the tutor elaborated in directive or facilitative way on the importance of professionalism or communication Do not forget to explore patients’ beliefs and emotions: it will influence the way you will explain the diagnosis (directive)