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Perceived value of basic interprofessional simulation training in obstetrics: what do the participants think?
  1. Suruchi Mohan1,
  2. Thomas G Gray2,3,
  3. Tom Farrell4
  1. 1 Obstetrics Division, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar
  2. 2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3 Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
  4. 4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
  1. Correspondence to Dr Suruchi Mohan, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar; suruchimohan{at}

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There is increasing evidence of the value of multidisciplinary simulation training in obstetrics.1 Various aspects of simulation training have been reported including effects on knowledge, skills, team working and patient outcomes.2 However, there is little literature on the perceptions of participants themselves about simulation and its effects on their self-confidence.

Training should be tailored to the participants3 but this can be challenging if the group is heterogeneous, as was encountered at Sidra Medicine, Qatar. Sidra Medicine is a 400-bedded tertiary care hospital, which opened to obstetric inpatient services in 2018. The multidisciplinary obstetric staff cohort is culturally diverse comprising individuals of over 90 different nationalities. A ‘first response’ simulation programme was commenced to train staff in mobilising the emergency team and materials required for initial care and management.

This survey-based study was carried out to evaluate staff perceptions of simulation training and compare participant confidence before and after attending the simulation-based learning programme. The results of this study are being used to inform the development of a standardised simulation training approach and curriculum for this unique recipient group.


This study was deemed exempt from ethical approval and approved by departmental leads.

An anonymised electronic survey was sent out to all obstetric clinical staff in July 2018, prior to participation in simulation training. Questions …

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  • Contributors All three authors conceptualised the idea of the study and designed the questionnaire. SM and TF: collected the data. TG: carried out statistical analysis. SM: wrote the draft of the paper and this was added to by TG and TF.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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