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Assessing health professionals' communication through role-play: an interactional analysis of simulated versus actual GP consultations (2018)
Journal Article
Atkins, S. (2018). Assessing health professionals' communication through role-play: an interactional analysis of simulated versus actual GP consultations. Discourse Studies, doi:10.1177/1461445618802659

Simulations, in which healthcare professionals are observed in dialogue with role-played patients, are widely used for assessing professional skills. Medical education research suggests simulations should be as authentic as possible, but there remain... Read More

Sociolinguistic factors affecting performance in the Clinical Skills Assessment of the MRCGP: a mixed methods approach (2017)
Journal Article
Hawthorne, K., Roberts, C., & Atkins, S. (2017). Sociolinguistic factors affecting performance in the Clinical Skills Assessment of the MRCGP: a mixed methods approach. BJGP Open, 1(1), doi:10.3399/ bjgpopen17X100713. ISSN 2398-3795

Background: Differential performance in clinical skills assessments is a widespread phenomenon, for which there remain few explanations. Aim: To better understand the conversational contexts of simulated consultations and how candidates actually b... Read More

Simulated consultations: a sociolinguistic perspective (2016)
Journal Article
Atkins, S., Roberts, C., Hawthorne, K., & Greenhalgh, T. (2016). Simulated consultations: a sociolinguistic perspective. BMC Medical Education, 16(16), doi:10.1186/s12909-016-0535-2. ISSN 1472-6920

Background Assessment of consulting skills using simulated patients is widespread in medical education. Most research into such assessment is sited in a statistical paradigm that focuses on psychometric properties or replicability of such tests. Equ... Read More