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Multiple Choice Scenarios

These multiple choice questions are designed to be thought provoking and give you a sense of the kind of decisions faced by healthcare professionals. Sometimes there is no definitive right or wrong way of dealing with a situation; the four options represent merely a handful of potential solutions to the issue presented. You may feel you would choose a fifth option of your own design.


Scenario 1

Samantha (48) and her daughter Jenny (13) have a regular appointment at the practice. You are a health professional and have just moved to this practice. It is the first time you have met either of them. Jenny is a wheelchair user with a learning disability and seems uncomfortable. She keeps asking what has happened to her 'proper doctor'.

Do you -

1) Try to win Jenny over by offering her a lollipop and explain that you are just as a good as her 'proper doctor'.

2) Talk to Jenny about what her visit to the practice is supposed to achieve.

3) Ask, simply, how they both are today.

4) Speak to Samantha about her daughter's needs.


Scenario 2

You are off duty in your local supermarket. Sebastian (19) is a patient that you have met once before at the practice but you are not his regular health professional. You know that Sebastian has Down's Syndrome. He is with his sister, Sonia (27), who is busy shopping and for now has turned her attention away from Sebastian; who is raising his voice and is visibly becoming more and more distressed and angry.

Do you -

1) Ignore the situation; your own time is just that, your own.

2) Keep an eye out, so no harm comes to him but ultimately leave it for a member of supermarket staff to provide assistance.

3) Go and find Sonia and tell her what's going on.

4) Interact with Sebastian and try to diffuse the situation by communicating with him and finding out why he is so upset.


Scenario 3

You are an off duty health professional. You meet one of your regular patients, Bill (36), on a weekend trip to the cinema. Bill has mild learning disabilities and seems in good health and mood; although you have been told that he has a history of anger and aggression. Whilst sharing an elevator together Bill starts to panic as the elevator is 'taking too long' to get to the destination, although it has only just set off.

Do you -

1) Hit the alarm for attendance - you can never be too sure.

2) Sing a song to take his mind off the panic.

3) Try to restrain him, before he does damage to himself and you.

4) Ask him what films he likes and which are his favourites.