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Engaging patients and clinicians through simulation: rebalancing the dynamics of care

Engaging patients and clinicians through simulation: rebalancing the dynamics of care

Kneebone, Roger, Weldon, Sharon-Marie ORCID: 0000-0001-5487-5265 and Bello, Fernando (2016) Engaging patients and clinicians through simulation: rebalancing the dynamics of care. Advances in Simulation, 1 (19). ISSN 2059-0628 (Online) (doi:

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This paper proposes simulation-based enactment of care as an innovative and fruitful means of engaging patients and clinicians to create collaborative solutions to healthcare issues. This use of simulation is a radical departure from traditional transmission models of education and training. Instead, we frame simulation as co-development, through which professionals, patients and publics share their equally (though differently) expert perspectives. The paper argues that a process of participatory design can bring about new insights and that simulation offers understandings that cannot easily be expressed in words. Drawing on more than a decade of our group’s research on simulation and engagement, the paper summarises findings from studies relating to clinician-patient collaboration and proposes a novel approach to address the current need. The paper outlines a mechanism whereby pathways of care are jointly created, shaped, tested and refined by professionals, patients, carers and others who are affected and concerned by clinical care.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Simulation, Sequential simulation, Distributed simulation, Engagement, Co-design, Co-development, Simulation-based re-enactment
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Health Sciences (HEA)
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 15:55

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