Providing Remote Students with Access to a Video-enabled Standardized Patient Simulation on Interprofessional Competencies and Late-life Depression Screening

Melodee Harris, Leonie Declerk, Patricia Schafer, Lisa Hutchison, Mary Alice Kelly, Pam deGravelles, Priya Mendiratta, Corey Nagel


Background  Standardized patient (SP) simulation is used to teach geropsychiatry. This project tested feasibility and effectiveness of video-enabled SP simulation to teach interprofessional (IP) late-life depression screening.

Methods and findings  Nurse practitioner, pharmacy, and medical students (N=177) participated in remote (n = 27) and on-site (n = 150) SP simulation. Linear mixed-effect model determined the effects of time and setting on pretest and posttest Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies Attainment Survey (ICCAS) data. Overall, no significant difference was observed in degree of change on ICCAS domains, indicating both modalities produced equally beneficial outcomes. Small sample size and focus on late-life depression screening limits generalizing results.

Conclusions  Video-enabled SP simulations can be incorporated to prepare students with IP competencies for late-life depression screening.


Remote monitoring; Standardized patient simulation; Distance learner; Late-life depression

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