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From The CriticsReviewer: Fiona Cherryman, MEd, BSc, MRTT (The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This guide for those contemplating coaching and working with standardized patients (SPs) provides a comprehensive review of the selection, direction, and utilization of SPs. It melds the creativity of the artistic portrayal of patients from the perspective of the actor with achieving the academic goals of the OSCE. The annotated examples bring this book alive and provide insight from the author's experiences.
Purpose: The author aims to provide a book that can be used both as a comprehensive "how to" and as a reference. The book certainly is highly structured in the chronology of events. The author provides a thorough and systematic approach for readers to easily follow. Although I would use the book as a reference, it works best read chronologically.
Audience: Those contemplating coaching standardized patients are the intended audience. It can be useful as a reference for those using standardized patients and others associated with OSCE examinations, but this is intended for the small group of SP coaches.
Features: The author uses examples from her own practice to highlight her commentary on the process of selecting, training, and directing standardized patients. The appendixes are stellar and include a full case study and the accompanying materials. These provide depth and detail to the text. The context they provide solidifies the descriptions of process in the rest of the book. The chapter summaries provide a review of the covered material and link well into the succeeding chapter.
Assessment: This book is easily accessible to all readers. The comprehensive index and table of contents make it easy to use as an on the fly reference. The author writes more from the artistic than the academic perspective, which is refreshing. This is a useful book for anyone working with standardized patients, either compiling cases or directing SPs.