Use of simulated patients for a communication skills exercise
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Use of simulated patients for a communication skills exercise

John Ramsay Patient trainer, Interprofessional learning, Clinical Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Gillian Keith Administration manager, Interprofessional learning, Clinical Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Jean Scott Ker Director, Interprofessional learning, Clinical Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
George Hogg Lecturer, Interprofessional learning, Clinical Skills Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

This article describes a training programme for people simulating the role of a patient with aphasia. Using the skills they had learned, the simulated patients (SPs) eventually took part in a pilot communication skills exercise, in which 86 nursing students participated and which was evaluated using a semi-structured questionnaire. The students reported that the SPs’ portrayal of a patient with aphasia was realistic and appreciated being given the opportunity to rehearse safely in a simulated healthcare setting. The evaluation indicates that using a structured programme to train SPs to portray patients who have a communication difficulty, such as aphasia, is beneficial.

Nursing Standard. 22, 19,39-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.01.22.19.39.c6313

Correspondence

j.ramsay@dundee.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review