Standardized Patients Versus Simulated Patients: Is There a Difference?
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing and Midwifery
The rapid development of simulation as a modality for education has created some confusion in terms, especially when applied to standardized patients and simulated patients. Some authors report them as being the same, whereas others define them in a different context, causing confusion for facilitators and researchers. The purpose of this article is to offer a discussion and definition of the roles of a standardized patient and a simulated patient and to define the differences between the two genres