Simulated fieldwork: A virtual approach to clinical education
Alternative fieldwork, Occupational therapy, Simulation, Virtual learning
The purpose of this study was to investigate student satisfaction and perceived clinical reasoning and learning using a computer-based simulation platform that incorporates case-based learning principles. The simulation was used to replace a previously scheduled face-to-face clinical rotation which was cancelled due to COVID-19. A descriptive design was used to implement the Satisfaction with Simulation Experience Scale (SSES) with students (n = 27) following each a low fidelity (paper cases) and high fidelity (Simucase™) simulation. A comparison of the SSES data following paper cases and simulation scenarios indicated statistically significant increases in Debrief and Reflection (p = 0.008) and Clinical Reasoning (p = 0.043), suggesting that students develop in-depth reflection, reasoning, and clinical abilities as they progress through their simulated experience.
Mattila, A., Martin, R., & Deiuliis, E. (2020). Simulated fieldwork: A virtual approach to clinical education. Education Sciences, 10 (10), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10100272