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

@article{Wear2008RitualsOV,
  title={Rituals of verification: the role of simulation in developing and evaluating empathic communication.},
  author={Delese Wear and Joseph D Varley},
  journal={Patient education and counseling},
  year={2008},
  volume={71 2},
  pages={153-6}
}
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… CONTINUE READING

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