Healthcare Theatre is a unique interdisciplinary education program at the University of Delaware that helps healthcare professionals develop communication skills through interactive scenarios presented by theatre students.
With this transformative approach to education, theatre students are trained to portray patients and family members so that health sciences students can practice both technical and interpersonal skills in a safe environment without compromising quality of care.
The program was initiated by a team from the College of Health Sciences and the Theatre Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware, but new partners continue to enrich the curriculum and the lab experience. For example, cultural diversity scenarios were recently added through a partnership with the Department of Anthropology.
- Scenarios develop in an unscripted, yet professionally directed, give-and-take.
- Feedback is provided by experts in both healthcare and communication.
- Approach enables family members to be added to the dynamic.
- Students across healthcare specialties learn to work together for better patient outcomes.