The drive to embed inter-professional simulation based education (IPSE) within undergraduate curricula is becoming increasingly popular. There is also a need to improve education and training for healthcare professionals to support and communicate with bereaved parents experiencing perinatal loss.
For end of life care, the use of simulation can provide an experiential learning opportunity within a safe controlled environment which will bridge the gap between theory and practice. To date, limited research has been undertaken about the use of inter-professional simulation based education within undergraduate midwifery and medical training. This study intends to address this gap.
This study will explore the effectiveness of using inter-professional simulation for end of life care. The participants will consist of undergraduate medical and midwifery students.
A quasi-experimental approach will be used to measure the effect of an intervention (ie. simulation), using an Interrupted Time Series (ITS) design. Quantitative data will be gathered from both pre-test and post-test questionnaires at various intervals to quantify and evaluate differences in students’ skills and confidence following the simulation.
This study will provide a defined method for teaching end of life care to undergraduate students.
The exposure of undergraduate students to IPSE has the potential to improve team working and communication which should ultimately improve end of life care for bereaved parents experiencing perinatal loss.
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