Publisher: St George’s, University of London
Devices: smartphones/tablets with Android OS version 3.2 or later and iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad with iOS version 4.3 or later
Available from: App Store and Google Play
Type of information: The App allows users to play virtual patient ethical medical cases (narrative and video scenarios) where the user takes on the role of a medical professional and takes choices to manage the patient scenario as they would when managing a real patient
For: Primarily for medical and healthcare undergraduate students or those interested in Medical law and ethics
- Main pros: it’s free, easy to use, practice clinical reasoning skills with patient management options, no need of 3G/Wi-Fi connections after downloading a case, scoring on choices made, realistic cases.
- Main cons: you have to download cases individually.
This app consists of a varied number of virtual patient cases covering many different subject areas. The app is easy to use and quick to download. There are many helpful tutorials on the app website to help you work the app too if you get stuck. Once you’ve installed the app, you are given access to a library of cases which will be added to over time. The cases are available through the ‘Get Cases’ screen where you can choose from the available cases and select ‘Download Case’. Once downloaded, the case will be added to the ‘My Cases’ collection. In order to check for new downloadable cases, click ‘Sync’ button in the ‘Get Cases’ screen. During syncing and downloading a network connection is required to carry out these actions however once downloaded the cases can be played without any connection.
To play a case, select a case from your downloaded list of cases in ‘My Cases’. When playing the case you will be given options to move on in the case and given feedback upon the choices you have made so you can learn from them. A number of the cases can be played in a text or a video form. When you finish a case, you are presented with two options ‘Restart Case’ and ‘Statistics’. The Statistics button will present you with a list of all the pages you visited on your pathway from start to finish, this would help you to analyse the pathway more efficiently and revisit pages.
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