Examining participant perceptions of an interprofessional simulation-based trauma team training for medical and nursing students


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Dono: Marcos Pedroso

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High quality care relies on interprofessional teamwork. We developed a short simulation-based course
for final year medical, nursing and nursing anaesthesia students, using scenarios from emergency
medicine. The aim of this paper is to describe the adaptation of an interprofessional simulation course
in an undergraduate setting and to report participants’ experiences with the course and students’
learning outcomes. We evaluated the course collecting responses from students through questionnaires
with both closed-ended and open-ended questions, supplemented by the facilitators’ assessment of
students’ performance. Our data is based on responses from 310 students and 16 facilitators who
contributed through three evaluation phases. In the analysis, we found that students reported emotional
activation and learning outcomes within the domains self-insight and stress management, understanding
of the leadership role, insight into teamwork, and skills in team communication. In subsequent
questionnaire studies students reported having gained insights about communication, teamwork and
leadership, and they believed they would be better leaders of teams and/or team members after having
completed the course. Facilitators’ observations suggested a progress in students’ non-technical skills
during the course. The facilitators observed that nursing anaesthesia students seemed to be more
comfortable in finding their role in the team than the two other groups. In conclusion, we found that an
interprofessional simulation-based emergency team training course with a focus on leadership, communication
and teamwork, was feasible to run on a regular basis for large groups of students. The
course improved the students’ team skills and received a favourable evaluation from both students and

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