Simulation-based training: the missing link to lastingly improved safety and health?

March 23, 2016

Source: Postgraduate Medical Journal [Epub ahead of print]

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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

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Simulation in the executive suite: lessons learned for building patient safety leadership

January 27, 2016

Source:  Simulation in Healthcare 10/6 pp. 372-377

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Date of publication:  December 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This article examines the impact of simulation in building strategic leadership competencies for patient safety and quality among executive leaders in health care organizations. This study illustrates the potential value of simulation as a mechanism for learning and strategy development for executive leaders grappling with patient safety issues. Future research should explore the cognitive or functional fidelity of organizational simulations and the use of custom scenarios for strategic planning.

Length of publication:  6 pages