Table 4

Instructor evaluation scores (see Additional File 1: Appendix 3 for specific question wording)

Question Topic

Patient educator group mean score (sd)

Max score = 4

n = 42

Physician tutor group mean score (sd)

Max score = 4

n = 40

P value


1. Provided general approach

3.20 (0.51)

3.20 (0.82)

0.069

2. Treated students with respect

3.93 (0.26)

3.68 (0.73)

0.043

3. Safe & open learning environment

3.95 (0.22)

3.58 (0.75)

0.004

4. Encouraged questions

3.90 (0.30)

3.60 (0.74)

0.019

5. Answers to questions helpful

3.76 (0.43)

3.48 (0.78)

0.046

6. Emphasized how arthritis affects patients

3.62 (0.54)

3.28 (0.85)

0.030

7. Emphasized ensuring patient comfort

3.71 (0.77)

3.28 (0.82)

0.014

8. Demonstrates techniques clearly

3.69 (0.47)

3.30 (0.85)

0.013

9. Demonstrates normal vs. abnormal

3.10 (0.76)

3.28 (0.78)

0.295

10. Demonstrates inflammatory vs. degenerative

2.79 (0.84)

2.85 (0.89)

0.738

11. Allow time for practicing

3.29 (0.71)

2.90 (0.84)

0.027

12. Gives constructive feedback

3.43 (0.59)

3.23 (0.83)

0.203

13. Makes relevance of session clear

3.69 (0.52)

3.05 (1.01)

0.000

14. Makes session interesting

3.79 (0.42)

3.43 (0.75)

0.009


sd = standard deviation

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

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