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Standardized Patient

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Photograph of a gallery space with grey walls and a wooden floor. Hung from the ceiling is a large screen, onto which a video is projected. the video shows a man in a white coat with a stethoscope around his neck talking to someone whose back can be seen to the left of the video. Subtitles can be seen on the screen. In the foreground and background are red plastic chairs. One person is sitting facing the screen, another is sitting facing the camera. Both are wearing face coverings.
Standardized Patient, a two-sided video installation by US artist Kerry Tribe, Photo: Eva Herzog. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What is the role of empathy in healthcare?

‘Standardized Patient’ is a two-sided video installation by US artist Kerry Tribe that explores how simulated, or ‘standardized’, patients are used to train medical students.

Actors perform as patients with different medical and personal histories, preparing the students for the human connection that forms a critical part of any care relationship. The encounters range from a young woman seeking advice on sexual health – and a broken heart – to end-of-life care for a man estranged from his daughter. These are complex human experiences that cut much deeper than a simple diagnosis.

Kerry Tribe discusses Standardized Patient