Planning a Collection of Virtual Patients to Train Clinical Reasoning: A Blueprint Representative of the European Population

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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 May 19;19(10):6175. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19106175.


BACKGROUND: Virtual sufferers (VPs) are a appropriate methodology for college students to practice their scientific reasoning skills. We describe a course of of creating a blueprint for a various and sensible VP assortment (prior to VP creation) that facilitates deliberate follow of scientific reasoning and meets instructional necessities of medical faculties.

METHODS: An worldwide and interdisciplinary partnership of 5 European nations developed a blueprint for a assortment of 200 VPs in 4 steps: (1) Defining the standards (e.g., key signs, age, intercourse) and categorizing them into disease-, patient-, encounter- and learner-related, (2) Identifying knowledge sources for assessing the representativeness of the assortment, (3) Populating the blueprint, and (4) Refining and reaching consensus.

RESULTS: The blueprint is publicly obtainable and covers 29 key signs and 176 closing diagnoses together with the most prevalent medical situations in Europe. Moreover, our analyses confirmed that the blueprint seems to be consultant of the European inhabitants.

CONCLUSIONS: The growth of the blueprint required a stepwise strategy, which may be replicated for the creation of different VP or case collections. We take into account the blueprint an applicable place to begin for the precise creation of the VPs, however fixed updating and refining is required.

PMID:35627711 | DOI:10.3390/ijerph19106175

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