Source: Postgraduate Medical Journal [Epub ahead of print]
Date of publication: February 2016
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: Medical education has traditionally relied on on-the-job training. However, the often used ‘see one, do one, teach one’ approach may be detrimental to patient safety and health, as it exposes patients to inexperienced healthcare practitioners. In an effort to reduce human errors and improve operational safety, simulation-based training (SBT) has been recognised as an effective methodology.
Contents of SBT include conceptual understanding, technical skills, decision-making skills, and attitudes and behaviours summarised as teamwork. Thus, theoretical advantages of SBT over traditional educational methodologies are manifold. This article reviews available evidence about the effectiveness of SBT of technical and non-technical skills with regard to improvements in medical care, patient safety and health.
Length of publication: 3 pages
Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library