As part of testing candidates' abilities, patients are used in clinical examinations for professional qualifications throughout all specialties and levels of medicine. However, the patients' views on being used for these purposes have not been investigated. Examiners use the opportunity presented by candidates interviewing patients in an examination setting as part of the test of a candidate's ability in psychiatry. Psychiatric patients' experiences of such examinations may be so different from that of most clinical practice that there may be profound effects on their views of themselves, their illnesses, hospitals and of the profession itself.
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