Table 3

Retrospective questionnaire: exploratory comparison of differences in mean pre - post scores between student groups (see Additional File 1: Appendix 2 for complete list of questions)

Question

Patient educator group mean differences post - pre score (sd)

Maximum difference = 3

n = 42

Physician tutor group mean differences post-pre score (sd)

Maximum difference = 3

n = 40

P value


1. Overall techniques of MSK examination

1.10 (0.76)

0.70 (0.69)

0.016

2. Inspection for erythema, swelling & deformity

0.88 (0.76)

0.43 (0.64)

0.004

3. Performing active ROM

0.86 (0.78)

0.43 (0.50)

0.004

10. Overall approach to elbows

1.02 (0.78)

0.93 (1.39)

0.014

11. Overall approach to shoulders

1.10 (0.85)

0.55 (0.64)

0.002

12. Overall approach to hips

0.98 (0.81)

0.60 (0.63)

0.022

14. Overall approach to feet

0.83 (0.85)

0.43 (0.50)

0.010

15. Identifying normal vs. abnormal

0.98 (1.07)

0.60 (0.55)

0.050

17. Identifying when special physical exam manoeuvres should be done

0.79 (1.07)

0.35 (0.53)

0.023

19. Identifying how lives of patients with MSK concerns may be affected

1.19 (1.11)

0.40 (0.71)

0.000

20. Demonstrating concern for patient comfort during MSK exam.

1.05 (1.55)

0.43 (0.90)

0.000

21. Using feedback from a patient I'm examining to further my learning

1.12 (1.49)

0.50 (0.82)

0.023


sd = standard deviation

MSK = Musculoskeletal

ROM = range of motion

Oswald et al. BMC Medical Education 2011 11:65   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-65

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