Title

Simulated fieldwork: A virtual approach to clinical education

DOI

10.3390/educsci10100272

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-1-2020

Publication Title

Education Sciences

Volume

10

Issue

10

First Page

1

Last Page

14

Keywords

Alternative fieldwork, Occupational therapy, Simulation, Virtual learning

Abstract

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.

Open Access

Gold

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