The process whereby a physician explains to the ill patient what has gone wrong and what can be done about it can be taught and evaluated by simulated patients (SPIs). This study was designed to determine whether a training experience in educating a diabetic SPI improves subsequent performance with a hypertensive SPI. Competence in educating a hypertensive SPI by students who had no prior training experience (n = 26) was compared to that of an experimental group (n = 20) that had a prior training session. Performance was assessed with a counseling skills scale and a case-specific content checklist (1 = poor to 5 = excellent). Students in the experimental group performed better than controls in both counseling skills (4.46 ν 3.86, P < .01) and completeness of coverage of content (3.28 υ 2.65, P < .01). Students in both groups focused more on clinical features and treatment than on laboratory testing and follow-up. The ability to counsel 'patients' with hypertension can be enhanced by a prior learning experience with a diabetic SPI. Clinical application of knowledge about hypertension can be assessed by SPIs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American journal of hypertension|
|State||Published - May 1998|
- Medical education
- Patient education
- Simulated patients