Expert comment

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In a virtual patient system an expert comment is an additional clarification that does not fit in the natural narration of the case. Expert comments could for instance refer to clinical guidelines or explain local practice, characteristic for a particular country, or type of setting. Another solution is to embed additional clarification or explanation of what or why something is happening into the dialogs of characters in the patient story – e.g. by introducing the person of a clinical supervisor or experienced nurse who provided the missing information. This allows telling a story that is uninterrupted by didactical elements to retain the feeling of authenticity. This realistic presentation is what virtual patients are valued for.

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