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Table 1 Pre- and Post-training workshop questionnaire

From: Assessing community (peer) researcher’s experiences with conducting spirometry and being engaged in the ‘Participatory Research in Ottawa: Management and Point-of-care for Tobacco-dependence’ (PROMPT) project

A. Self-reported knowledge and confidence in administering spirometry test
1. How much do you know about the anatomy and function of the respiratory system?
2. How would you describe your knowledge of the lung function tests?
3. How confident are you that you can administer and obtain a good quality lung function test with your current knowledge and abilities?
4. Do you believe training or further training in lung function testing would help you improve the quality of the test result?
B. Skill-testing questions
1. What does FEV1 stand for?
a) The forced expiratory flow over 1 min
b) The total volume of air exhaled in a forced expiratory manoeuvre
c) The amount of air that a person breathes out during the first second of a forced expiratory manoeuvre
d) I don’t know
2. A good lung function test is 3 manoeuvres that have no mistakes and that have similar results, how many times should you repeat the test until you obtain a good result?
a) Once
b) Up to 15 min
c) 3–5 times
d) Up to a total of 8 times assuming the subject is able to continue
e) I don’t know
3. Select as many of the following situations in which you would not perform a lung function test to a patient with:
a) Stroke or heart attack in past 3 months
b) Drug or tobacco use in past 3 months
c) Chest or abdominal surgery in past 3 months
d) Eye surgery or detached retina in past 3 months
e) Tuberculosis currently treated with medication
4. Select as many of the situations that could cause an error in lung function testing:
a) Hesitation or false start of expiration
b) Cough
c) Leaks (participant not able to keep at tight seal between lips and mouthpiece)
d) Stopping expiration early
e) Inadequate coaching or directions to participants
C. Usefulness of training workshop
1. What type of training or practice could you benefit more from?
a) Group lecture or theory type course
b) One on one theory course
c) Observation of the procedure done by a trainer
d) Practice with a coach who provides feedback
e) Unsupervised practice
2. Was the training workshop helpful?
3. Comments, questions or suggestions