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Short Presentation10: Standardize patient simulation research in a culturally oriented system: experiences and outcomes (Al Balushi, Saira)
Friday, 02/Sept/2022:
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Location: CHUV auditorium Auguste Tissot

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2:45pm - 3:15pm

Standardize patient simulation research in a culturally oriented system: experiences and outcomes

Saira Al Balushi

Sultanate of Oman


Simulation from its earliest conception into teaching training practice to modern time applications has been an acceptable method for both teachers and learners. Unlike the modern simulation resources strike for its high-tech impact, the value of incorporating standardized patient simulation (SP) in teaching and evaluation of selected skills remains unique. Examples of these skills are many, and not limited to interpersonal skills, and communication. SP simulation as a distinguished type of simulation is acknowledged for its realism, interactive approach, and high fidelity.

Integration of modern simulation into teaching learning methods in Oman has been reported by number of institutions of various specialties:

Effective integration of SPs into teaching learning experiences mandates advance preparatory considerations since the role portrayed by the SPs is not limited to simulation case narration. Accordingly, preparation of SPs in a culturally oriented system such as Oman has facilitated generation of new learnings. Particularly, preparation of SPs has been commonly reported for their contributions in teaching and evaluation of selected lab skills, compared to related preparatory procedures for their role in research studies.

Despite simulation related challenges are widely reported: SP based simulation challenges within a context of a culturally oriented system has not gained an efficient empirical investigation.

Presentation Purpose: To share experiences (processes, challenges, outcomes, and recommendation) a researcher gained during preparation of SPs based simulation training program required in fulfillment of a doctorate study.

Study design: This study considered a pilot intervention study including a single group, pretest and posttest

Study aim: The study aimed to assess the feasibility of an education program that included a SP simulation, and to explore the perceptions of Omani primary care nurse participants about barriers and facilitators to use of SP simulation. For this purpose, the target competency focused on the use of SP simulation to enhance primary care nurses’ competence in patient assessment (History taking and physical examination – Cardiovascular risk assessment).

Study Sample: A convenient sample of (N = 20) practicing primary care nurses from regional health care facilities (primary health care centers) were recruited for 4 days.

Study setting: The study was conducted in an outpatient clinic for a local governmental health care facility (Poly Clinic) in Oman, and facilitated through collaboration with respective regional continuous education department (CPD) for the Ministry of Health.

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