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Training and assessment with standardized patients 

Training and assessment with standardized patients
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Training and assessment with standardized patients
Author(s):

John R Boulet

and Anthony Errichetti

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198717621.003.0014
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date: 09 May 2021

The use of standardized patients (SPs) (i.e. people trained to model the medical conditions of and mannerisms of ‘real’ patients, for training and assessing medical and allied health professionals) is reviewed in this chapter. SPs can be employed for both formative assessment purposes and high-stakes certification and licensure examinations. Developing SP programmes can be complex and special attention should be paid to centre design, case development, and SP recruitment and training. We outline how properly constructed SP assessments can yield valid and reproducible scores. The lessons learned from developing and administering SP assessments can be used to improve other healthcare simulation modalities, including those employing part-task trainers and full-body mannequins.

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