Journal article

Using simulated patients to develop doctors' skills in facilitating behaviour change: addressing childhood obesity

Bibi Gerner, Lena Sanci, Helen Cahill, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Lisa Gold, Lucy Rogers, Zoe McCallum, Melissa Wake

MEDICAL EDUCATION | WILEY | Published : 2010


OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe the application, feasibility and outcomes of using simulated patients (SPs) to increase the skills of general practitioners (GPs) delivering a behavioural intervention to reduce childhood overweight and mild obesity. METHODS: Five female actors were trained as SPs. A total of 67 GPs from 46 general practices in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, conducted two simulated consultation visits regarding healthy lifestyle family behaviour change, during which they practised their skills and received formative feedback. The GPs and SPs rated GP performance immediately after each consultation. Subsequently, 139 parents of overweight or obese 5-9-year-old childre..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

the LEAP2 study was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (no. 334309). MW was partially supported by NHMRC Career Development Awards (nos. 284556 and 546405). LG and OCU were supported by NHMRC Capacity Building Grants (nos. 425855 and 436914, respectively). The researchers were independent of the funders.