Simulated Patients? Beliefs Towards Mental Illness

Sarikoc G., Attoe C., ELÇİN M. , Vega M. O.

CLINICAL SIMULATION IN NURSING, vol.67, pp.24-32, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ecns.2022.02.013
  • Page Numbers: pp.24-32
  • Keywords: mental health, mental illness, standardized patient, simulated patient, mental health education, stigma, STANDARDIZED PATIENTS, HEALTH SIMULATION, REDUCE STIGMA, EDUCATION, CONTACT, INTERVENTIONS, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, PEOPLE, IMPACT


Background: This study examines the simulated patients' beliefs towards mental illness from England, Method: The beliefs towards mental illness scale was administered to 43 simulated patients. Results: Simulated patients had very low beliefs toward mental illness scores, reflecting overall low levels of stigma in this population. Conclusion: It was observed that the belief scores of the SPs were very low, providing support for the use of interactive simulation activities to reduce mental health stigma. It is thought that experiencing the life of an individual with mental illness has a positive effect on patients' beliefs about mental illnesses.