Rituals of verification: the role of simulation in developing and evaluating empathic communication.

Title

Rituals of verification: the role of simulation in developing and evaluating empathic communication.

Creator

Wear D; Varley JD

Publisher

Patient Education & Counseling

Date

2008
2008-05

Description

The use of simulation and standardized patients in medical education is firmly established. In this 'point-counterpoint' format we debate not their important function but the extent to which they are used to establish 'evidence' for trainees' empathic communication skills beyond their surface manifestations. We also question such issues as the power dynamics implicit in simulation when patients are not really worried or dependent but rather students who are under the evaluative surveillance gaze, often relying on formulaic and superficial behaviors associated with good communication. We offer educative experiences in narrative domains as opportunities to develop the habits of thinking and authentic feeling often absent in evaluative-based simulations.

Subject

Physician-Patient Relations; Communication; Patient Satisfaction; Reproducibility of Results; Attitude of Health Personnel; Physician's Role; Educational Measurement; Students; Education; Empathy; Role Playing; Human; Patient Simulation; Medical; Bias (Research); Power; Rituals and Ceremonies; Clinical Competence – Standards; Educational Measurement – Standards

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

153–156

Issue

2

Volume

71

Citation

Wear D; Varley JD, “Rituals of verification: the role of simulation in developing and evaluating empathic communication.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 21, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6061.

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