Journal article

Simulation-based education for staff managing aggression and high-risk behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder in the hospital setting: A pilot and feasibility cluster randomized controlled trial

Marijke Jane Mitchell, Fiona Helen Newall, Melissa Gaye Heywood, Jenni Sokol, Katrina Jane Williams

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice | Sciedu Press


Background and objective: Aggression and high-risk behaviors, which can result in behavioral emergencies, are common in children with autism and can be magnified in the hospital environment. Children with autism, with or without intellectual disability, have complex communication needs which require a sophisticated level of knowledge, understanding and skill from health care professionals. Pediatric acute care nursing staff are often not trained and lack confidence in managing children with autism. The purpose of this study was to conduct a pilot and feasibility cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) of simulation-based education for staff in managing behavioral emergencies with autism sp..

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