Branched VPs

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Contrary to linear VPs, branched VPs do not follow only one linear story with one unique endpoint. Rather, it is a model of VPs where patient outcomes and thus the endpoint of the VP depend on the choices that the learner makes along the simulation. While working on the VP, the learner is given a set of choices at specific points during the story. The learner makes a decision and each choice leads the learner into a different possible scenario where choices have specific consequences for the patient. The final endpoint for the VP can be negative or positive depending on the aggregated decisions that the learner has made along the simulation.

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