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Sequential simulation (SqS) utilised as a novel educational tool aimed at healthcare managers: A patient-centered approach

Sequential simulation (SqS) utilised as a novel educational tool aimed at healthcare managers: A patient-centered approach

Weldon, Sharon Marie ORCID: 0000-0001-5487-5265, Kelay, Tanika, Ako, Emmanuel, Cox, Benita, Bello, Fernando and Kneebone, Roger (2017) Sequential simulation (SqS) utilised as a novel educational tool aimed at healthcare managers: A patient-centered approach. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning (4). pp. 13-18. ISSN 2056-6697 (Online)

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Abstract

Background:
A new challenge for healthcare managers is to improve the patient experience. Simulation is often used for clinical assessment and rarely for those operating outside of direct clinical care. Sequential Simulation (SqS) is a form of simulation that re-creates care pathways, widening its potential use.

Local problem:
Numbers, outcome measures and system profiling is used to inform healthcare decisions. However, none of these capture the personal subtleties of a patients’ experience.

Intervention:
56 students attended a teaching module using SqS and facilitated workshops as part of their induction week on an MSc International Health Management course. The workshop was voluntary and was offered as an opportunity for the students to gain an insight into the UK health system through the medium of simulation.

Methods: An evaluation survey incorporating quantitative and qualitative student feedback was conducted. Descriptive statistics were generated from the quantitative data, and thematic analysis was undertaken for the qualitative data.

Results:
There was strong agreement for the acceptability of the workshop approach in relation to the aims and objectives. Likert scale (1-5) mean total = 4.49. Participants responded enthusiastically (revealed through the qualitative data) with ideas related to perspectives sharing, understanding healthcare management and processes and the consideration of feasibility and practicalities. They also suggested other applications that SqS could be used for.

Conclusion:
The SqS approach has demonstrated that simulation has a wider potential than for clinical assessment alone. Further studies are required to determine its potential uses and affordances beyond its current format.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Simulation; Healthcare management; Sequential simulation; Distributed simulation; Mixed-methods
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 11:16
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17379

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