Health Assessment

Health Assessment

Engage students with conversation-based learning

Digital Clinical Experiences allow nursing students to demonstrate and perfect their clinical reasoning skills through life-like interactions with Digital Standardized Patients. Digital Clinical Experiences are powered by our conversation engine and assessed using our proprietary Student Performance Index™.

Utilizing our natural language conversation engine, students engage in open-ended conversations to gather subjective data and practice patient-centered communication.

Students perform tests and use instruments to gather and then record objective patient data.

Students synthesize their findings and compare their work to an exemplar's model note.

Students engage in debriefing immediately following every assignment, and are given feedback on the discrete components of clinical reasoning measured by our validated Student Performance Index.

Digital Patient Tina Jones

Just like a living patient, 28-year-old Tina Jones, has a rich medical and psychosocial history for students to uncover. Students interview Tina to obtain her complete health history, where they discover additional health concerns. Then, they examine Tina head-to-toe, one body system at a time, to gather subjective and objective patient data and form a comprehensive understanding of Tina's health.

Digital Patient Brian Foster

Brian Foster, 58, is experiencing a change of status. Students determine the seriousness of his complaint and take a relevant health history. Students perform a focused cardiovascular exam, explore related systems and symptoms, and practice communicating with a patient in distress.

Digital Patient Esther Park

Esther Park is a 78-year-old woman who usually enjoys good health but is currently having abdominal pain and reports having trouble going to the bathroom. When students perform a focused abdominal exam to explore her past medical history, they can uncover a detailed reproductive and surgical history.

Digital Patient Danny Rivera

Daniel “Danny” Rivera is an 8-year-old boy who has had a cough for several days, especially at night. During the Digital Clinical Experience, students perform a focused respiratory exam, explore related systems and symptoms, and practice communicating with a pediatric patient about his health, home life, and cultural beliefs.

Digital Patient Rachel Adler

Rachel Adler is an 16-year-old adolescent who is coming in for a routine checkup. In the conversation concept lab, students will learn to structure an effective patient interview using open and closed questions.

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Student Performance Index

Measure Clinical Reasoning

Shadow Health® has developed and validated the first conceptual framework to operationalize clinical reasoning within virtual patient simulations.

This innovative framework includes six discrete components of clinical reasoning: Subjective Data Collection, Objective Data Collection, Therapeutic Communication, Documentation, Information Processing, and Self-Reflection.

Shadow Health’s Student Performance Index™ automatically scores clinical reasoning abilities, and contextualizes students’ performance by comparing their results to those of their peers nationwide.

The Student Performance Index provides both you and your students with the immediate, detailed feedback necessary to accurately identify areas of strength and opportunities for remediation.

Measuring Clinical Reasoning in the DCE using the Student Performance Index
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