Task 3

Sample 3 (Case 12) – Abortion

Successful communication in this case depends on the degree to which the doctor is aware of the potential stigmas attached to the procedure, and sensitive to the patient’s ambiguous feelings and concern for confidentiality. A successful interview is one in which the physician offers a partnership, provides support, expresses concern, understanding, and willingness to help.

In this viewing of the video, keep in mind the importance of these elements. Look for evidence that the doctor:

  • Provides opportunity to allow the patient to set the tone of the interview
  • Clarifies the reasons behind the patient’s decision
  • Sensitively clarifies the firmness of the decision
  • Offers to arrange the termination
  • Demonstrates concern for guarding her confidentiality
  • Encourages patient to contribute thoughts: ideas, suggestions and preferences
  • Checks with patient: if plans are accepted; if concerns have been addressed
  • Deals sensitively with topics

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1:

Review the following reference materials for the case:

These notes will familiarize you with the extent of detail to each Standardized Patient and therefore the kind of information that is available during the interview.

Step 2:

Before viewing the Sample 3 (Case 12) video, familiarize yourself with the three tools that you will be using as part of your critique: the Clinical Checklist, the Communication Checklist and the Interview Checklist.

There is also a transcript available for this video for your reference: Case 12: Transcript (Dr. Jack)

Step 3:

Note: the interactive versions of the checklists are below Task 3 in the Viewing and Critiquing section of the module outline (to the right or below). The video is available on each checklist page.

When you are ready to watch the video, start with the interactive version of the Clinical Checklist and complete it in real time as you watch the video.

Step 4:

Complete the interactive version of the Communication Checklist following your view of the video.

Step 5:

Complete the interactive version of the Interview Checklist in real time to assess the structural flow of the interview.

Step 6:

Go to the Group Forum and post your critique of the Sample 3 (Case 12) video in the Task 3 topic.

Step 7:

After posting your response, be sure to read the postings of others and provide a comment on the responses of your online colleagues as you wish.


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