Virtual humans for training and assessment of self-medication consultation skills in pharmacy students

Ana Paula Cláudio, Maria Beatriz Carmo, Vitor Pinto, Afonso Cavaco, Mara Pereira Guerreiro

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This Virtual patients have been used since the 1990's in pharmacy education for teaching and assessment of clinical and communication skills. Although their use is still limited, they allow students' engagement in true-to-life situations in a controllable environment. This paper describes an interactive application to assist in the academic training and assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences students. Virtual humans play the role of patients and communicate with the student by speech and by facial and body language. The application comprises two usage modes: (i) the training mode, used autonomously by the student, gives detailed information about his performance and indicates places where he may find additional information, and (ii) the assessment mode which is used by the teacher to evaluate the student's performance. The process used to feed case-scenarios in the application does not require informatics skills because it resorts to an easy-to-use graphical interface. A BackOffice Web application was implemented to allow the creation of new self-medication situations and the collection of data about students' performance. The application was tested by a restricted group of experts whose overall opinion was quite positive about the usefulness of the application as a tool to improve students' as well as professionals' communication skills.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitrião10th International Conference on Computer Science and Education, ICCSE 2015
EditoraInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Páginas175-180
Número de páginas6
ISBN (eletrónico)9781479965984
DOIs
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 9 set 2015
Publicado externamenteSim
Evento10th International Conference on Computer Science and Education, ICCSE 2015 - Cambridge
Duração: 22 jul 201524 jul 2015

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Nome10th International Conference on Computer Science and Education, ICCSE 2015

Conferência

Conferência10th International Conference on Computer Science and Education, ICCSE 2015
País/TerritórioUnited Kingdom
CidadeCambridge
Período22/07/1524/07/15

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