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As time goes by: stakeholder opinions on the implementation and use of a virtual patient simulation system
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Medical Teacher, ISSN 0142-159X (print), 1466-187X (electronic), Vol. 32, no 11, e509-516 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Stakeholder opinions on the implementation of a particular virtual patient application might prove important for decision-making and implementation efforts in general. This study aimed to capitalize on experiences originated from two postimplementation settings of Web-based Simulation of Patients (Web-SP). Method: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of stakeholder opinions (39 students, teachers, course directors, and university leaders) on the implementation and use of Web-SP in Colombia and Sweden, using a mixed method approach. Results: The respondents did not show equal preference in rating the ranking of the order of importance included in the variables (Friedman’s Chi square: 26.5 to 115.1, df=6, p <0.001, Kendall’s coefficient of concordance ranging from 0.11 to 0.50). The answers provided as free comments supported the statistical findings on the importance of end-user customization, need for authenticity in software design, and use of virtual patient simulations in a curricular context, for clinical reasoning development. Conclusions: Virtual Patient design should allow extensive editing, support case authenticity and enhance clinical reasoning abilities, in an effort for ensuring accountability and sustainable development of the field.

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2010. Vol. 32, no 11, e509-516 p.
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Information Science
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Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51853DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2010.519066OAI: diva2:386323
Available from: 2011-01-12 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2011-04-05Bibliographically approved

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