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Table 1 Single Factor Solution factor loadings for the reflective capacity subscale of the reflective practice questionnaire with medical students, mental health practitioners, and the general public a

From: Applications of the reflective practice questionnaire in medical education

Items Medical Students (n = 97) Mental Health Practitioners (n = 100) General Public (n = 188)
ᅟ1. After interacting with patients/clients I think about how things went during the interaction. (33) 0.73 0.76 0.84
ᅟ2. When reflecting with others about my work I develop new perspectives. (12) 0.72 0.68 0.71
ᅟ3. I gain new insights when reflecting with others about my work. (38) 0.68 0.69 0.75
ᅟ4. After interacting with patients/clients I wonder about the patient’s experience of the interaction. (16) 0.67 0.79 0.76
ᅟ5. I find that reflecting with others about my work helps me to work out problems I might be having. (29) 0.59 0.62 0.75
ᅟ6. After interacting with patients/clients I spend time thinking about what was said and done. (3) 0.57 0.53 0.69
ᅟ7. I think about my weaknesses for working with patients/clients. (13) 0.55 0.63 0.84
ᅟ8. After interacting with patients/clients I wonder about my own experience of the interaction. (24) 0.53 0.80 0.77
ᅟ9. During interactions with patients/clients I consider how their personal thoughts and feelings are influencing the interaction. (35) 0.53 0.77 0.79
ᅟ10. I think about how I might improve my ability to work with patients/clients. (23) 0.52 0.74 0.80
ᅟ11. During interactions with patients/clients I consider how my personal thoughts and feelings are influencing the interaction. (14) 0.46 0.76 0.81
ᅟ12. I critically evaluate the strategies and techniques I use in my work with patients/clients. (36) 0.36 0.55 0.59
ᅟ13. I think about my strengths for working with patients/clients. (7) 0.33 0.50 0.71
ᅟ14. When reflecting with others about my work I become aware of things I had not previously considered. (1) 0.33 0.61 0.61
ᅟ15. During interactions with patients/clients I recognize when my pre-existing beliefs are influencing the interaction. (9) 0.24 0.56 0.60
ᅟ16. During interactions with patients/clients I recognize when my patient’s/client’s pre-existing beliefs are influencing the interaction. (26) 0.23 0.57 0.74
Factor loadings median 0.53 0.66 0.75
Factor loadings range 0.23–0.73 0.50–0.80 0.59–0.84
Factor Eigenvalue 4.46 7.12 8.71
  1. a Students were from the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Colorado, United States; Mental health practitioners, and members of the general public were from a variety of locations around Australia. Question numbers on the RPQ are in ()