Audio Long Cases
The long case requires skills in building rapport with, questioning, and examining the patient, as well as synthesising and presenting the information obtained. The best practice will always be interacting with a ‘real’ patient. When this isn’t possible, some of the skills such as synthesising and presenting the information can be practiced in isolation.
The audio long cases are simulated patient-presented natural language cases for you to practice recording, synthesising, and then presenting verbally-received information in the ways you would do so with a patient case in practice. One of the best ways to interact with the cases is to:
- Listen to case at the default speed while recording the information in a summarised way.
- Determine and record the physical examinations you would most like to perform in the context of the information you have heard.
- Determine and record the 3-5 key issues for the patient in order of importance.
- If the opportunity arises, practice presenting the case to a clinical mentor e.g. your clinical skills coach, tutors, etc. Otherwise, present the case to a colleague.
- Re-listen to the case and note which elements of the history you didn’t record, if there were any.
- Reflect on the presented information and record 5-10 additional clarifying questions you would have asked the patient were you taking the patient history yourself.
The following cases are based on actual presentations but are de-identified, altered and combined, such that any resemblance to a real person is unintentional and purely coincidental. Health professionals (including medical students) are reminded of their duty of confidentiality with respect to patient information at all times.
Case 0 (pilot)
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