First Advisor

Laurie Skokan

Term of Graduation

Fall 1997

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology






Simulated patients, Medicine -- Study and teaching -- Simulation methods



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1 online resource (91 pages)


Standardized patients (SP's) are lay people who are trained to evaluate and train clinical skills for medical personnel. It was hypothesized that since SP's have had practice and experience interacting with medical personnel that they would exhibit higher levels of patient interaction with their own health care providers. Surveys were sent to SP's affiliated with two medical schools in the Northwest as well as a control group from a local university. Surveys consisted of the Thompson Decisional Involvement scale, the Ende Autonomy Preference Index, the Krantz Health Opinion Survey: Information Seeking subscale, a Satisfaction Criteria scale, and an Expectations survey. Also included were short answer questions for the SP's to comment on their experiences.

Results suggest that the majority of SP's thought that their experience had affected their expectations, satisfaction criteria, and perceptions of their own physicians. However, the scales for the expectations and satisfaction criteria were inadequate for determining if there were any differences between SP's and controls. Further, SP's who had performed within the last 12 months, also had significantly lower levels of respect toward doctors in general.

Marginally significant were lower levels of desire for involvement in medical decisions affecting lifestyle. Surprisingly SP's wanted less decisional involvement in purely medical decisions. Overall, scores for decisional involvement indicated desire for more involvement than the scores of the participants in studies by other investigators completed only five and seven years previously.


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