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PACET: Patient-Centered Educational Technologies

The relation between clinical facts, subjective patient experiences, and professional self-awareness is an integral aspect of mastering patient-centered skills in psychiatry.

This project aims to establish best practices for patient-centered educational technologies that integrate biomedical, sociocultural, and existential perspectives in the field of psychiatry education.

Our project explores the potential of patient-centered learning through video and virtual reality simulations (virtual patients) with a focus on their conceptual design and didactic application in educational contexts.


In pursuit of comprehensive insights and fostering innovative perspectives, PACET embraces a diverse experimental approach using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies

While the project's focal point is patient-centered educational technologies in psychiatry education, the conceptual and didactical principles have potential applicability across various disciplines.


The project has identified a gap in comprehensive research on designing and using virtual patient scenarios in psychiatric education.

Preliminary findings of this project suggest that employing a phenomenological approach to virtual patients in psychiatry education may advance patient-centered learning and opens avenues for further research.

The ultimate aim is to enhance learning in psychopathology through state-of-the-art virtual patients, thereby contributing to improved diagnostic reliability.

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  • Jensen RAA, Musaeus P, Pedersen K. Virtual patients in undergraduate psychiatry education : a systematic review and synthesis. Adv Heal Sci Educ. 2023;(0123456789). 
  • Pedersen K, Bennedsen A, Rungø B, Paltved C, Morcke A, Ringsted C, et al. Evaluating the effectiveness of video cases to improve patient-centeredness in psychiatry: a quasi-experimental study. Int J Med Educ. 2019;10:195–202.
  • Pedersen K, Moeller MH, Paltved C, Mors O, Ringsted C, Morcke AM. Students’ Learning Experiences from Didactic Teaching Sessions Including Patient Case Examples as Either Text or Video: A Qualitative Study. Acad Psychiatry. 2018;42(5):622–8. 
  • Pedersen K, Moercke AM, Paltved C, Mors O, Ringsted C. Video cases as tricksters, in medical students´ transition to psychiatric clerkship. A liminal perspective. MedEdPublish. 2021;10(1):1–15.
  • Pedersen K, Mors O. PsychSim - Video encyclopedia in psychopathology [Internet]. Forlaget Munksgaard. 2020. Available from: https://psychsimulation.dk/
  • Pedersen K, Musaeus P. A phenomenological approach to virtual reality in psychiatry education. Front Virtual Real. 2023 Oct 19;4(October):1–18. 
  • Pedersen K, Schiöth E, Eriksen A, Perfalk E, Harpøth A. PsychSim VR - Acute Psychiatry [Internet]. MANND. 2021. Available from: https://www.mannd.dk/projects/psychsim-vr
  • Pedersen K. Forestillinger om psykiatrien som hvide snit og elektrochok overskygger dens fremskridt. Dagbladet Information. 2020; 
  • Pedersen K. Manuskripter til psykiatriske patientcases: Om at forfatte en videopatientcase til undervisning i klinisk psykiatri. In: Jespersen, M. Gammelgaard, L. Uldbjerg S, editor. Skrivning og Sundhed. 1st ed. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitets Forlag; 2021. p. 83–102. 
  • Pedersen K. Patientcases i klinikopholdet - strukturer og formater i udarbejdelse af patient cases. In: Christensen MK, Kjær LB, editors. Medicinsk Didaktik - en guide til lægen som underviser. 1st ed. København: FADL’s Forlag.; 2023. p. 188–202. 
  • Pedersen K. Zoom simulation in diagnostic interview training for medical students – a lockdown experiment. Danish J High Educ. 2021;16(30):94–5. 


PACET is an interdisciplinary collaboration uniting researchers and experts bridging biomedical, sociocultural, and existential perspectives. It serves as a collaborative forum for projects and knowledge/resource sharing.