The Association of Standardized Patient (ASPE) has released a set of guidelines to ensure standards of best practice is applied when working with with simulated participants or SPs (Lewis et al, 2017). ASPE hoped that the document will abet the growth and integrity of SP-based undertakings. The document, Standards of Best Practice (SOBP) was developed through the consultation of experts within the field of SP methodology. It was rigorously established via a modified Delphi method as well as review process, involving international experts within the field.

The SOBP recognises the various ways that SPs contribute to the learning process and is divided into five domains:

  1. safe work environment
  2. case development
  3. SP training for portrayal, feedback and completion of assessment instruments
  4. program management
  5. professional development

Five underlying values formed the basis of the abovementioned domains. The values includes:

  • safety
  • quality
  • professionalism
  • accountability
  • collaboration

The guideline is comprehensive, but is adaptable to the varied aspects of SP methodology. The SOBP is also meant to complement the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards. The document will be periodically reviewed and modified to reflect the development of the simulation practice.

To read the guidelines, see:

Lewis, K.L., Bohnert, C.A., Gammon, W.L., Hölzer, H., Lyman, L., Smith, C., Thompson, T.M., Wallace, A. and Gliva-McConvey, G., 2017. The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP). Advances in Simulation, 2(1), p.10.