Simulated Patient Methodology - Theory, Evidenceand Practice
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Simulated Patient Methodology is a timely book, aimed at health professional educators and Simulated Patient (SP) practitioners. It connects theory and evidence with practice to ensure maximum benefit for those involved in SP programmes, in order to inform practice and promote innovation. The book provides a unique, contemporary, global overview of SP practice, for all health sciences educators.

Simulated Patient Methodology:
• Provides a cross-disciplinary overview of the field
• Considers practical issues such as recruiting and training simulated patients, and the financial planning of SP programmes
• Features case studies, illustrating theory in practice, drawn from across health professions and countries, to ensure relevance to localised contexts

Written by world leaders in the field, this invaluable resource summarises the theoretical and practical basis of all human-based simulation methodologies.


Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, School of Rural Health, HealthPEER (Health Professions Education and Educational Research), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

Margaret Bearman is Associate Professor, HealthPEER (Health Professions Education and Educational Research), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University


Contributors, vii

Foreword, ix

1 Introduction to simulated patient methodology, 1
Debra Nestel and Margaret Bearman

Part 1: Foundational Frameworks, 5

2 Scope of contemporary simulated patient methodology, 7
Debra Nestel, Tracy Morrison and Shane Pritchard

3 The content and process of simulated patient-based learning activities, 16
Jill E Thistlethwaite and George D Ridgway

4 Communities of practice and simulated patient methodology, 23
Debra Nestel, Jan-Joost Rethans and Gayle A Gliva-McConvey

Part 2: Theoretical Perspectives, 31

5 Learning theories and simulated patient methodology, 33
Margaret Bearman and Debra Nestel

6 The dramatic arts and simulated patient methodology, 39
Cathy M Smith, Tanya L Edlington, Richard Lawton and Debra Nestel

7 Simulated interaction and authentic interaction – a place for conversation analysis?, 46
Ged M Murtagh

8 Simulated patient methodology and the discourses of health professional education, 53
Nancy L McNaughton and Brian Hodges

Part 3: Educational Practice, 61

9 Preparation: developing scenarios and training for role portrayal, 63
Debra Nestel, Carol Fleishman and Margaret Bearman

10 Simulated patients as teachers: the role of feedback, 71
Debra Nestel, Margaret Bearman and Carol Fleishman

11 Teaching and learning physical examination skills with simulated patients, 79
Anna K Vnuk

12 Simulated patient methodology and assessment, 85
Cathy M Smith, Carol C O’Byrne and Debra Nestel

13 Simulated patient programme management, 93
Tanya Tierney, Elaine E Gill and Pamela J Harvey

Part 4: Case Studies: Innovations Across the Health Professions, 103

14 Real patient participation in simulation, 105
Rosamund Snow

15 Interprofessional community care: a simulated clinic for healthcare professional learners, 110
Pamela J Taylor, Mollie Burley and Debra Nestel

16 Telephone incognito simulated patients, 115
Jan-Joost Rethans and Hay Derkx

17 Hybrid simulated patient methodology: managing maternal deterioration, 120
Simon JR Cooper and Mary Anne Biro

18 Learning intimate examinations: the specialist role of Gynaecological Teaching Associates, 126
Karen M Reynolds, Jim Parle and Shirin Irani

19 Advanced nursing practice in aged care: developing communication and management skills in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, 130
Jennifer H Fisher, Jane H Kass-Wolff, Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell and Jeanie M Youngwerth

20 Skills development in person-centred physiotherapy, 134
Felicity C Blackstock and Shane Pritchard

21 Simulated family and healthcare professionals: consent for organ transplantation, 139
Gayle A Gliva-McConvey

Part 5: Conclusion, 145

22 The future of simulated patient methodology, 147
Margaret Bearman and Debra Nestel

Index, 151