Advantages of Working with Standardized Patients
A Standardized Patient (SP) is a healthy person who has been carefully trained to portray the historical, physical and emotional features of an actual patient. They provide an extremely valuable resource for teaching and assessment.
- Realistic – difficult to detect that they are not real patients.
- Available – can be used any time, any where because of their flexible schedules.
- Reliable – symptoms, signs and psycho-social aspects remain stable – role portrayal consistent with each repetition and standardized with other SPs playing the role.
- Controllable – situation, setting and level of difficulty and amount of information given to the learner can be controlled.
- Adaptable – flexible in adapting the role to meet specific needs of the trainee as directed by the trainer.
- Risk free – learners practice skills and learn techniques in a safe environment without risk of harm to real patients.
- Able - to give constructive feedback in a learning environment.