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Using a variety of research methods and angles to understand a new approach that explores health-care services

Using a variety of research methods and angles to understand a new approach that explores health-care services

Weldon, Sharon Marie ORCID: 0000-0001-5487-5265, Kronfli, Miranda, Bello, Fernando and Kneebone, Roger (2018) Using a variety of research methods and angles to understand a new approach that explores health-care services. In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods. SAGE Publications, p. 57. ISSN 1609-4069 (Online) (doi:

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Simulation is traditionally used for health-care professional training and assessment; however, its remit is much wider and new studies are emerging that highlight the breadth of opportunities it affords. We used simulation to engage professionals and patients in National Health Service (NHS) maternity services across a London borough. Six services were identified due to recognized disparities in care.

A form of simulation termed Sequential Simulation was used to recreate an expectant mother’s 9-month care pathway, in order to engage staff and patients across sites in discussing strengths and challenges of their services. Due to this innovative approach to sharing learning in maternity care, several areas of research interest were identified. These included the engagement of health-care professionals and patients, the design of the simulation pathway, the perceived benefit of the simulation approach, the discussions generated in relation to the objectives of the project, the project process, sociocultural insights, and the educational opportunities that emerged. A range of methods and theories were used to investigate each angle including the mixing of methods where appropriate. This article discusses the array of research approaches used to understand this innovative form of engagement and quality improvement and generates a holistic understanding of sequential simulation’s use in this setting. It argues the importance of a broad conceptualization when researching a complex intervention and illustrates how this can illuminate a complex area to best ensure benefit to others working in the field.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Simulation; Sequential Simulation; Maternity care pathway
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 28 May 2018 02:08
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