Exploring faculty perception of simulation-based education: Benefits and challenges of using simulation for improving patient safety in cardiovascular diploma program
Objectives: The study was conducted in a tertiary educational hospital based in Riyadh to explore faculty’s perception of using simulation-based teaching as part of the Cardiovascular Diploma Program (CDP) to improve patients’ safety. The study, also aimed to identify the benefits and challenges of utilizing simulation.
Methods: Researchers used a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted online with ten faculty-members. The interviews were performed between July and September in the year 2019. Authors used convenient sampling techniques for recruitment. Data were transcribed and analyzed using a framework analysis approach.
Results: Data analysis showed four emergent themes, i.e., the concept of simulation (it is a risk-free environment for training), simulation for patients’ safety (students first learn on the simulators and deal with patients), simulation as a safe learning environment (gives idea basic things about the working environment, knowing the symptoms of the patients, catheterizing the patient, knowing preparations for the procedure and post care), and the challenges of utilizing simulation (identify gaps between the theoretical and practical parts).
Conclusion: Faculty has appreciated the role of simulation in improving patients’ safety. Simulation was underutilized due to the limited time allotted for simulation and lack of adequate experienced faculty. It is recommended that simulation should be integrated into the CDP curriculum.
How to cite this: Alshehri AA, Alenazi FS, Alturki H, Khan FH. Exploring faculty perception of simulation-based education: Benefits and challenges of using simulation for improving patient safety in cardiovascular diploma program. Pak J Med Sci. 2023;39(2):354-360. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.39.2.6693
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