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Table 5 Students’ perceptions of standardised patients (SPs)

From: Simulated learning in musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation education: comparing the effect of a simulation-based learning activity with a peer-based learning activity

Themes Examples from the data
Preparation for professional practice Provided a sense of being in a real clinical setting
Exposure to different body types She (patient) had an injury
Positive challenge Think on our feet
Put in a situation to test our knowledge
Lack of feedback They didn’t know what I was testing so they couldn’t pre-empt or hint at
Stressful situation It made me take it (lab) more seriously which was quite nerve racking