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‘The Resus doll Is dead, what now?’ end-of-life care teaching and simulation: a literature review

Taubert, Mark and Evans, Lowri 2021. ‘The Resus doll Is dead, what now?’ end-of-life care teaching and simulation: a literature review. Presented at: 17th World Congress of the EAPC, Virtual, 5-8 Oct 2021. Abstracts from the 17th World Congress of the EAPC 2021. , vol. 1S. Palliative Medicine: SAGE Publications, 10.1177/02692163211035909

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Background: Simulation & high-fidelity simulation involves using manikins, clinical training suites, wards, computer programs and theatres in medical teaching. These teaching formats have established themselves in medical undergraduate and postgraduate education. Rated highly among students, they have also been shown to be effective learning tools. Aims: To reduce the potential risk to patients and their proxy associated with learning ‘at the bedside’, which can pose a challenge in medical and in particular palliative settings. Education and training methods that do not expose patients to preventable communication blunders from less experienced practitioners are a priority. Simulation and high-fidelity simulation provides a way for students and doctors to train safely, before entering real-life scenarios. Methods: We provide a summary review on the current literature and evidence for simulation and high-fidelity simulation in palliative and end-of-life care settings, and discuss potential uses of technologies including virtual and augmented reality in future training. Results: The most common form of simulation in palliative medicine is often an actor-based role-play scenario with particular emphasis on communication skills. This is expensive and time-consuming to set up. Less evidence was found on the use of high-fidelity simulation in end-of-life care teaching. Conclusion: Palliative medicine has been slow to adapt to an educational method and environment that now is widely used across other areas of healthcare. There has been less emphasis on training with manikins and even less on using computer simulation and virtual reality environments to recreate challenging end-of-life care scenarios. We provide some examples of where this could benefit the curriculum.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-2163
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2021
Date of Acceptance: 2021
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 09:21

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