Introduction In recent years medical educators have started to consider the importance of resilience theory and its relevance to medical training.1,2 The nature of medical work exposes the individual to high demands with low control, uncertainly; high personal responsibility, as well as witnessing suffering and negative outcomes can lead to person burn-out and impact healthcare negatively.3,4 In this context, learning and developing resilience maybe a useful tool in recognising and supporting the coping mechanisms and strengths of the individual working within the healthcare environment.
The idea that resilience can be strengthened by intervention in professional healthcare training has been explored in nursing literature,5,6,7 however there is little research on how to teach resilience in healthcare. The aim of this study is to explore the construct of resilience within the healthcare profession and from this develop a tool of experiential learning experience through the use of simulation to develop resilience amongst healthcare professionals.
Methodology An extensive literature review will be undertaken, and from this a comprehensive theoretic model will be developed of resilience attributes in healthcare through thematic triangulation. This model will then be used to develop a simulated scenario/environment in which to explore the attributes of resilience, which will be piloted amongst healthcare professionals.
Results Feedback will be gathered through survey and interview regarding the learning event and using validated resilience questionnaires pre and post course it is hoped that an improvement in scores will be seen.
Conclusion Resilience has been described as a key to enhance quality of care and caring, and sustainability of the health care workforce.8,9 We hope that simulation can be used to develop resilience in healthcare professionals and thus impact on patient care.
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- Category: Course or curriculum evaluation/innovation/integration
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