Gaining a new respect for the other guys: Scripted scenarios for inter professional education in paediatric emergencies

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This project aimed to find ways of staging and evaluating simulations as a tool of interprofessional education (IPE). A series of scripted paediatric emergencies was used to create an intense learning environment to explore knowledge exchange and shared learning between GP registrars and paramedics. Although simulation is a familiar tool in medical education, its use inIPE is difficult to facilitate because of its many dimensions.
A complex set of observational methods was utilised comprising contemporaneous focus groups, questionnaires, video observation and participant feedback. These multiple methods captured richly descriptive data through triangulation, to overcome the problem of simulation becoming a staged performance.
The research demonstrated there is great scope for simulation as a tool of IPE despite the time and labourintensity. Participants reported an interesting, exciting, quality learning experience and deep immersion inthe scenarios.
To achieve its full potential, future IPE simulation would need to be paired with instructional clinical workshops for the practice and evaluation of skills, and close collaboration with the participants' own medical educators. However the possibilities of enhancing IPE learning by immersing different groups of health careprofessionals inunfamiliar, scripted, scenariosare probably only limited by budgets and the imagination of educators
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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