Standardized Patient Encounters: Periodic Versus Postencounter Evaluation of Nontechnical Clinical Performance
from Introduction by Beate Brem, University of Bern
In addition to their primary role of portraying patients, SPs frequently have to observe and memorize students' behavior in order to provide detailed feedback to learners. This is a challenging task. The cognitive load is very high; sometimes perhaps too high. Cognitive overload causes mistakes in the observation or recall of key behaviors of the students, thereby compromising the quality of the session. Thus, it is important to understand factors that contribute to the cognitive load.
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