The why, the what and the how of simulation based education: Preparing for the future

N. Harrison, L. Owen, S. Somerville, K. Stirling, J. Ker (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The use of simulation, throughout the continuum of professional development for health and social care is essential if we are to achieve the WHO millennium goals and consistently deliver high quality care to the peoples of the world. As an educational technique, simulation is not new and dates back to the 11th century. Since these early days, simulation has evolved alongside the advances made in our wider understanding of education. The adoption and development of simulation continues to intensify, driven by advances in technology, lessons learnt from other high reliability organisations and an increasing recognition of the importance of quality improvement and patient safety. It now plays a pivotal role in our undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare education. This chapter considers 'The Why?', 'The What?' and 'The How?' of simulation, simple yet complex questions which will highlight both the opportunities and challenges of simulation based education and its role in the future of the education of health and social care practitioners for quality healthcare. It provides educators with a theoretical and practical basis from which to successfully utilise simulation as a powerful education tool, embedded into a curriculum to augment learning from clinical experience

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth and Disease: Curriculum for the 21st Century Medical Students
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9781634630825, 9781634630528
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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