Community Praised Healthcare Simulation Research Articles of 2017

At the most recent IMSH 2018, Michelle Kelly and Gabriel Reedy shared their survey responses geared towards sharing what Simulationists found to be the most helpful research articles from 2017. Below we have summarized the list for you from their presentation slides and linked you here to the publications so you too can enjoy these favorited research articles!

Clinical Simulation in Nursing

  • Deteriorating Patients: Global Reach and Impact of an E-Simulation Program: E-simulation may enable a feasible education solution to the management of deteriorating patients.
  • Standardized Patients: It’s All in the Words: As coeditors, we are excited and humbled to be facilitating this special edition of Clinical Simulation in Nursing on standardized patients (SPs). The high number of manuscripts we received tells us that this is a hot topic in the nursing and health care simulation community. The included articles cover a range of important clinical and educational topics that have SPs as their focus, in specialized simulations, program implementation and evaluation, as well as, research studies.

Advances in Simulation

  • Simulation and mental health outcomes: a scoping review: A scoping review was conducted in order to map and determine the gaps in literature on the impact of simulation as an educational approach to improve mental health care outcomes. As it became apparent that no literature existed on this topic, the study aimed to examine the educational impact of simulation on mental health education.
  • The Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP): In this paper, they define the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP) for those working with human role players who interact with learners in a wide range of experiential learning and assessment contexts. These human role players are variously described by such terms as standardized/simulated patients or simulated participants (SP or SPs). ASPE is a global organization whose mission is to share advances in SP-based pedagogy, assessment, research, and scholarship as well as support the professional development of its members. The SOBP are intended to be used in conjunction with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM, which address broader simulation practices.
  • An experimental study on the impact of clinical interruptions on simulated trainee performances of central venous catheterization: Interruptions are common in the healthcare setting. This experimental study compares the effects of interruptions on simulated performances of central venous catheterization during a highly versus minimally complex portion of the task.
  • Conducting multicenter research in healthcare simulation: Lessons learned from the INSPIRE network: Simulation-based research has grown substantially over the past two decades; however, relatively few published simulation studies are multicenter in nature. Multicenter research confers many distinct advantages over single-center studies, including larger sample sizes for more generalizable findings, sharing resources amongst collaborative sites, and promoting networking. Well-executed multicenter studies are more likely to improve provider performance and/or have a positive impact on patient outcomes. In this manuscript, we offer a step-by-step guide to conducting multicenter, simulation-based research based upon our collective experience with the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE).

Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning

  • Debate on the cost of innovation in healthcare: is it too costly? – This paper summarises a structured panel session regarding the cost of innovation in healthcare. The debate took place during the 2016 Simnovate Conference at McGill University. The audience, panel members and venue largely included members from academia as well as representatives from industry and organised medicine. The goal of the debate was to consider a balanced argument regarding the views of healthcare innovation and the associated costs.
  • Engagement and learning in simulation: recommendations of the Simnovate Engaged Learning Domain Group – Health professions education (HPE) is based on deliberate learning activities and clinical immersion to achieve clinical competence. Simulation is a tool that helps bridge the knowledge-to-action gap through deliberate learning. This paper considers how to optimally engage learners in simulation activities as part of HPE.

Simulation in Healthcare


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  • A Taxonomy of Delivery and Documentation Deviations During Delivery of High-Fidelity Simulations – This is a useful taxonomy that standardizes terms for simulation delivery and documentation deviations, facilitates quality assurance in scenario delivery, and enables quantification of the impact of deviations upon simulation-based performance assessment.
  • Does Appearance Matter? Current Issues and Formulation of a Research Agenda for Moulage in Simulation – The use of moulage is assumed to add realism and authentic context in simulation. Despite the expense required to utilize moulage effectively, there is little exploration in the literature as to both its necessity and its accuracy of portrayal. They explore engagement, authenticity, and realism theories in the context of moulage and highlight the need for more evidence on moulage in simulation-based education, including suggestions for future research. In particular, we urge the simulation community to move beyond descriptive papers to investigate moulage in terms of justification and clarification.

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About the Reviewers

The review was completed by Michelle Kelly, PhD MN BSc RN, Associate Professor and Director of the Community of Practice School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine  for Curtin University and  Gabriel Reedy, PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS FAcadMEd SFHEA, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Education & Programme Director for the Masters in Clinical Education Education and Research Lead at King’s Health Partners Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centres King’s College London.

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