The human face of simulation: patient-focused simulation training.
Roger Kneebone, Debra Nestel, Cordula Wetzel, Steven Black, Ros Jacklin, Raj Aggarwal, Faranak Yadollahi, John Wolfe, Charles Vincent, Ara Darzi
Academic Medicine | Published : 2006
Simulation is firmly established within health care training but often focuses on training for technical tasks and can overlook crucial skills such as professionalism and physician-patient communication. The authors locate this paper within current developments in health care and relate it to the literature on simulation. They make the case for placing real human "patients" (played by actors) within simulation environments, thereby ensuring that the training experience remains rooted in actual practice. By practicing repeatedly within a safe environment, technical skills, communication with patients and team members, decision making, and clinical judgment may all be practiced and mastered wh..View full abstract