An interprofessional course using human patient simulation to teach patient safety and teamwork skills

Deepti Vyas, Russell McCulloh, Carla Dyer, Gretchen Gregory, Dena Higbee

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Abstract

Objectives. To assess the effectiveness of human patient simulation to teach patient safety, teambuilding skills, and the value of interprofessional collaboration to pharmacy students Design Five scenarios simulating semi-urgent situations that required interprofessional collaboration were developed Groups of 10 to 12 health professions students that included 1 to 2 pharmacy students evaluated patients while addressing patient safety hazards. Assessment. Pharmacy students' scores on 8 of 30 items on a post-simulation survey of knowledge, skills, and attitudes improved over pre-simulation scores Students' scores on 3 of 10 items on a team building and interprofessional communications survey also improved after participating in the simulation exercise Over 90% of students reported that simulation increased their understanding of professional roles and the importance of interprofessional communication. Conclusions. Simulation training provided an opportunity to improve pharmacy students' ability to recognize and react to patient safety concerns and enhanced their interprofessional collaboration and communication skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Emergency department
  • Interprofessional
  • Patient safety
  • Simulation
  • Team work

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  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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An interprofessional course using human patient simulation to teach patient safety and teamwork skills. / Vyas, Deepti; McCulloh, Russell; Dyer, Carla; Gregory, Gretchen; Higbee, Dena.

In: American journal of pharmaceutical education, Vol. 76, No. 4, 01.01.2012.

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