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Table 2 Results of the factor analysis for the community pharmacy practice

From: Evaluation of the pharmacy practice program in the 6-year pharmaceutical education curriculum in Japan: community pharmacy practice program

Question FA1 FA2 FA3 FA4
(1) I am satisfied because I was able to learn what would be useful for my career as a pharmacist. 0.87 -0.11 -0.03 -0.05
(2) I was able to experience the overall work of a pharmacist sufficiently. 0.75 -0.10 0.01 0.05
(3) The pharmacists facilitated your appropriate self-learning so that you can solve the problems of the patients. 0.71 0.10 -0.02 0.03
(4) The pharmacists asked you related questions so that you can improve your ability to create an effective treatment plan. 0.69 0.09 0.00 0.01
(5) I felt that I had too many tasks that would not lead to learning for me as a trainee. -0.67 0.03 0.05 0.03
(6) The pharmacists were able to have an empathetic communication with you. 0.66 -0.07 -0.04 0.14
(7) The pharmacists accepted you as a member of the team. 0.64 0.02 -0.07 0.07
(8) Some learning contents were far from pharmacist’s work. -0.62 0.10 0.09 0.02
(9) The actual learning contents were in line with the learning objectives (SBOs). 0.53 -0.03 0.32 -0.03
(10) I was able to experience “Community-Based Care” at the community pharmacy sufficiently. 0.46 -0.01 0.05 0.08
(11) Safety precautions (medicine shelf arrangements, checking empty bags after mixed injection, etc.) were taken for medicine and injected drug preparation in general. 0.45 -0.04 0.13 -0.04
(12) The practical training contents were well matched with the pre-practice training. 0.35 0.30 -0.04 -0.13
(13) The university teachers gave you enough feedback on your learnings at the training site. -0.15 0.91 0.01 0.06
(14) The university teachers provided enough support for me so that I can prevent trouble, or work on the practical training smoothly in case of trouble. -0.06 0.84 0.02 0.04
(15) The practical training contents were well matched with the classes from the 1st to the 4th years (excluding the pre-practice training). 0.26 0.38 -0.04 -0.12
(16) Training schedule by day was prepared and informed to me in advance. -0.03 0.01 0.91 -0.01
(17) Training schedule by hour was prepared and informed to me in advance. 0.00 0.03 0.80 0.01
(18) I was able to have enough time with patients to explain about drugs or disease. 0.13 0.03 -0.02 0.83
(19) I was able to have enough time with patients to talk with them. 0.06 0.07 0.02 0.80
Inter-factor correlations     
FA1   0.46 0.49 0.50
FA2    0.18 0.19
FA3     0.24
Cronbach's alpha 0.74 0.75 0.70 0.72
  1. The factors were defined as the following: the first factor (FA1) was “satisfactory learning (pharmacy)”; the second factor (FA2) was the “support system of the university”; the third factor (FA3) was the “creation and clarification of the training plan”; and the fourth factor (FA4) was “dialogue with patients”