Introducing simulation-based education to healthcare professionals: exploring the challenge of integrating theory into educational practice

Maram G. Katoue, Nadia Iblagh, Susan Somerville, Jean Ker

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    Abstract

    Background: Introducing simulation-based education to the curricular programme of healthcare professionals can be challenging. This study explored the early experiences of healthcare professionals in the use of simulation. This was in the context of the Kuwait–Scotland transformational health innovation network programme. Methods: Two cohorts of healthcare professionals undertook a simulation module as part of faculty development programme in Kuwait. Participants’ initial perceptions of simulators were gathered using a structured questionnaire in the clinical skills centre. Their subsequent ability to demonstrate the application of simulation was evaluated through analyses of the video-recordings of teaching sessions they undertook and written reflections of their experiences of using simulation. Results: In theory, participants were able to identify simulators’ classification and fidelity. They also recognised some of the challenges of using simulators. In their teaching sessions, most participants focused on using part-task trainers to teach procedural skills. In their written reflections, they did not articulate a justification for their choice of simulator or its limitations. Conclusion: This study demonstrated a theory-to-practice gap in the early use of simulation by healthcare educators. The findings highlight the need for deliberate practice and adequate mentorship for educators to develop confidence and competence in the use of simulation as part of their educational practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)176-181
    Number of pages6
    JournalScottish Medical Journal
    Volume60
    Issue number4
    Early online date24 Sep 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

    Keywords

    • Deliberate practice
    • Mentorship
    • Simulation-based education

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