Journal article

Physiotherapy students can be educated to portray realistic patient roles in simulation: a pragmatic observational study

Shane A Pritchard, Jennifer L Keating, Debra Nestel, Felicity C Blackstock

BMC Medical Education | BMC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Simulation-based education (SBE) has many benefits for learners, but costs can limit embedding SBE in health professional curricula. Peer simulation involves students portraying patient roles, and may reduce costs while still providing the benefits of other SBE experiences. However, the quality of the SBE may be impacted if students cannot portray authentic and realistic patient roles. The aim of this study was to investigate whether targeted education was associated with observable changes to physiotherapy students' abilities to portray patient roles in SBE. METHODS: Second year pre-registration physiotherapy students (n = 40) participated. Students completed online and face-to-..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Health Workforce Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by funding from Health Workforce Australia (CTR12-010), a Western Sydney University Catalyzing Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) grant, and an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD scholarship for the first author.