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Medical Education  |   May 1999
Scripted role play: A technique for teaching sexual history taking
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Medical Education   |   May 1999
Scripted role play: A technique for teaching sexual history taking
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1999, Vol. 99, 275-276. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.5.275
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1999, Vol. 99, 275-276. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.5.275
Abstract

Many inexperienced physicians are uncertain as to how to go about gathering a sexual history. They have had courses in basic history taking, but they do not know how to go about obtaining the information in a nonthreatening way. Their opportunities for interaction with real patients have typically been limited. Scripted role play is a very effective method for providing residents with an opportunity to enhance their sexual-history-taking skills. This article describes scripted role play as a teaching method; explains why it is effective for teaching sexual history taking; presents general guidelines for script writing for this purpose; details how to organize a teaching session; and provides some tips for the session facilitator.