The use of simulated and standardised patients in education, training and assessment

This article explains and compares simulated or standardised patients to assess students’ performance.

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The use of simulated patients (SiPs) and standardised patients (SPs) in the education, training and assessment of healthcare practitioners has been recognised for over 50 years, though there are various descriptions of the roles played by individuals during simulated healthcare encounters. A SiP is someone who simulates the signs and symptoms of an actual patient. An SP is a specific type of SiP who has been trained to complete a checklist that allows an assessment of the examination. 

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