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Evaluation of a simulation training programme for geriatric medicine.

Age Ageing 2015 Jul 6;44(4):677-82. Epub 2015 May 6.

Department of Ageing and Health, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, UK.

Background: geriatrics encompasses diverse medical, social and ethical challenges requiring a multidimensional, interdisciplinary approach. Recent reports have highlighted failings in the care of older people. It is therefore vital that trainees in geriatrics are afforded opportunities to develop skills in managing this complex population. Simulation has been adopted as a teaching tool in medicine; however, evidence for its use in geriatrics has been limited to small, single-site studies primarily involving role-play or discrete clinical skills training.

Methods: a standardised, two centre, multimodal, interprofessional, geriatrics simulation training programme was developed using curriculum-mapped scenarios in which the patient perspective was central. Simulation techniques used included high-fidelity patient manikins, actors with integrated clinical skills using part-task trainers and role-play exercises. A mixed-methods evaluation was used to analyse data from participants before and after training.

Results: eighty-nine candidates attended 12 similar courses over 2 years. Thematic analysis of candidate feedback was supportive of simulation as a useful tool, with benefits for both technical and non-technical skills. Candidates commented that simulation was a valuable training modality addressing curriculum areas rarely taught formally including continence assessment, end-of-life decisions and multidisciplinary situations. Quantitative analysis of pre- and post-course questionnaires revealed a significant improvement of self-reported confidence in managing geriatric scenarios (mean improvement 11.5%; P < 0.001).

Discussion: this study demonstrated the feasibility of a standardised simulation training programme across two sites in geriatrics. Simulation training affords situational learning without compromising patient safety and is an exciting and novel method of delivering teaching for geriatrics that could be integrated into national training curricula.
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