Virtual patients: a critical literature review and proposed next steps.

  title={Virtual patients: a critical literature review and proposed next steps.},
  author={David A. Cook and Marc M. Triola},
  journal={Medical education},
  volume={43 4},
CONTEXT The opposing forces of increased training expectations and reduced training resources have greatly impacted health professions education. Virtual patients (VPs), which take the form of interactive computer-based clinical scenarios, may help to reconcile this paradox. METHODS We summarise research on VPs, highlight the spectrum of potential variation and identify an agenda for future research. We also critically consider the role of VPs in the educational armamentarium. RESULTS We… CONTINUE READING
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