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ERIC Number: ED453291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
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Learning from the Narrative Comments of Standardized Patients during an Objective Structured Clinical Examination of Fourth-Year Medical Students.
Wilkerson, LuAnn; Rose, Mike
The standardized patient (SP) examination is used in a majority of medical schools to test clinical skills. This exam usually yields both numerical ratings of clinical skill and narrative comments by patients or observers, yet most empirical studies of SP assessment focus on the numerical ratings only. This study analyzes the comments on a recent administration of the examination qualitatively. The comments of 16 SPs portraying 8 clinical cases give a fuller sense of the meaning of general descriptors like "empathy" and "care." The comments also provide a window into the well-documented variability in the SP communication skills domain, suggesting the domain-specificity of such skills. (Contains 2 tables and 14 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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