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A pilot study of user acceptance and educational potentials of virtual patients in transcultural psychiatry
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
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2012 (English)In: International Journal of Medical Education, ISSN 2042-6372, Vol. 3, 132-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate user acceptance, educational potentials and face and con-struct validity of a dedicated Virtual Patient system for refugee trauma cases, designed to enhance clinical, interper-sonal, social and cultural competence.

Methods: We developed a Virtual Patient system portraying a female refugee – mediated by a still image and pre-recorded voice – that was evaluated by an invited group of physicians (n=9) working as residents in Psychiatry (n=8) and General Medicine (n=1). The participants were invited to provide insights/feedback about the system’s usefulness and its educational value.

Results: Scores across our sample were high regarding the Virtual Patient system’s realistic nature (median value: 5 on a 7-point scale) as well as the Virtual Patient’s ability to mirror the course of a real clinical investigation (median value: 6 on a 7-point scale). The system was said to provide a good environment for safe training of clinical and com-municative skills. The system’s face and construct validity were also demonstrated. Proposed future improvements will include the implementation of detailed feedback from a Virtual Advisor and/or the Virtual Patient him/herself, the use of video-simulated patients and the ability to formulate clinical questions in free text.

Conclusions: This dedicated Virtual Patient system was well received by the participants. They appraised it as having a good potential for training in relationship to the clinical encounter and the management of traumatized refugees.

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2012. Vol. 3, 132-140 p.
Keyword [en]
Transcultural psychiatry, virtual patients, clinical encounters
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82204DOI: 10.5116/ijme.5004.7c78OAI: diva2:567181
Available from: 2012-11-12 Created: 2012-11-12 Last updated: 2012-11-19Bibliographically approved

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