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Opportunities for authentic simulated patients

Opportunities for authentic simulated patients

Markowski, Marianne ORCID: 0000-0003-4652-3168 , Weldon, Sharon Marie ORCID: 0000-0001-5487-5265 , Gurnett, Philip ORCID: 0000-0003-0445-0255 , Everard, Charles and Fowler, Nicola (2023) Opportunities for authentic simulated patients. In: ASPiH conference, 6th - 8th Nov, 2023, Brighton.

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Background and aim/objectives:
Traditionally, simulated patients are played by actors and / or fellow peers taking part in the simulation-based training. Literature indicates that there are many benefits to employing real people in simulation scenarios especially when the training addresses empathy and communication (Oh et al. 2015). The question therefore is why do we not involve actual service users as ‘authentic simulated patients’ or ‘authentic standardised patients’ (abbreviated to ‘authentic SPs’) in the scenarios? Yet, literature also points to the need for consistency (Wilbur et al. 2018, Lewis et al. 2017) in simulation-based learning concerning exam situations such as Objective Standardised Clinical Examination (OSCE)s, which may be more difficult to achieve when a person contributes with their lived experience rather than their acting skills. Additionally, the training of simulated patients / standardised patients is variable and inconsistent, which calls for a renewed approach that acknowledges and adapts to the requirements and abilities of authentic SPs. The aim of this talk is to present a framework and checklist for the involvement of SPs with the lived experience to explore what the opportunities for the employment of ‘authentic simulated patients’ is. The anticipated benefits they bring to the learning experience will be discussed, whilst considering the risks for the services user, learners, and educators alike.
Method or activity: A framework using a checklist for the involvement of ‘authentic SPs’ has been developed, which is based on a systematic search of literature reviews as well as on discussions with simulation practitioners and educators. It draws on examples from practice of those involving persons with learning disabilities in the structuring of the simulation learning activities in an undergraduate nursing course.
Results/Findings discussion:
The talk will present the overall ‘authentic SP’ framework and how the checklist could be applied. For this, examples from practice will be given such as involving persons with learning disabilities as SP in simulation-based learning.
Conclusion: The framework and checklist will provide simulationists with an approach and tool to consider the involvement of ‘authentic SPs’ to enrich the learning experience in a mutually beneficial way.
Lewis KL, Bohnert CA, Gammon WL, Hölzer H, Lyman L, Smith C, Thompson TM, Wallace A, Gliva-McConvey G. The association of standardized patient educators (ASPE) standards of best practice (SOBP). Advances in Simulation. 2017 Dec;2(1):1-8.
Oh PJ, Jeon KD, Koh MS. The effects of simulation-based learning using standardized patients in nursing students: A meta-analysis. Nurse education today. 2015 May 1;35(5):e6-15.
Wilbur K, Elmubark A, Shabana S. Systematic review of standardized patient use in continuing medical education. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2018 Jan 1;38(1):3-10.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: simulated patient; authentic; SP
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Professional Workforce Development
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