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(Sorry about the headline--I couldn't resist. Sue) This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: Transplant Proc. 2005 Jun;37(5):2007-8.


Play-back theatre, theatre laboratory, and role-playing: new tools in investigating the patient-physician relationship in the context of continuing medical education courses.

Piccoli G, Rossetti M, Dell'olio R, Perrotta L, Mezza E, Burdese M, Maddalena E, Bonetto A, Jeantet A, Segoloni GP.


Chair of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Torino, Italy.

AIM: The aim of this study was to report on the validation of a role-playing approach, using play-back and theatre laboratory in the context of a continuing medical education (CME) course on predialysis and transplantation, to discuss the patient-physician relationship.


METHODS: The course was developed with the help of a theatre director. The role-playing 2-day course was designed to be highly interactive for a small group (15-20 participants), based on a core of case reports (dialysis, transplantation, and return to dialysis after graft failure). Two stages were included: play-back theatre in which experiences told by the participants were mimed by a group of actors, and theatre laboratory in which different aspects of voice and touch were explored. Opinions were gathered by an anonymous semistructured questionnaire completed by all participants.


RESULTS: The course obtained a high score from The Ministry of Health (14 credits, 1 per teaching hour). The opinions of the 18 participants were highly positive; all liked the courses. Sixteen of 18 asked to repeat the experience. The strong emotional involvement was an advantage for 15 of 18, sharing emotional aspects of the profession for 10 of 18, and usefulness in clarifying opinions on "dark sides" of our profession for 10 of 18.


CONCLUSION: The positive opinions recorded during this experience, the first experiment with a "psycho-theatrical approach" developed in a CME course in our country, suggest the benefit of implementing nonconventional, educational approaches in a multidisciplinary discussion of the patient-physician relationship in transplantation medicine.


PMID: 15964325 [PubMed - in process]


Sue again: This is so cool! I haven't heard of anyone doing this in the medical field, though it's creeping into other types of educational activities. If anyone has experience doing this type of activity, please let me know. I'd love to know how it worked--or didn't work--for your group.

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