Healthcare simulation articles of interest 2022

By: Victoria Brazil (@SocraticEM)


Staying up to date with healthcare simulation literature is a challenge. Which articles should change our practice? How do we find them?

Each year on the ICE blog we highlight the annual Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) initiative – selecting ‘Articles of Influence’ from the four main simulation journals – Simulation in HealthcareClinical Simulation in NursingAdvances in Simulation and BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. It’s time to showcase the 2022 list.

The list is presented at the annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), with the next meeting in San Diego in January 2024.

So how are the articles chosen? Society members express interest in reviewing articles, with coordination and oversight from members of the SSH Research Committee. 213 nominated articles were reviewed by a team of more than 30 reviewers and rated them for the influence on their own or their colleagues’ simulation practice using a 5-point scale. It’s not a ‘ranking’. Published research, reviews and conceptual articles were all eligible for nomination. 32 articles made the final cut.

I found two interesting themes in the selected articles: –

  1. Simulation might be helpful in exploring and addressing issues of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion (EDAI) in healthcare.

Knickel et al. explore how simulation-based education can potentially (and problematically) reproduce healthcare inequities through poor scenario design and ‘essentializing and stigmatizing’ representations of healthcare consumers. Lund et al. demonstrated that simulation training improved anesthesia providers’ knowledge and confidence in caring for transgender patients perioperatively. Bohnert and team studied how gender minorities are represented in standardized patient (SP) encounters in US medical schools. Oudshoorn et al. demonstrated that students who engaged in mental health simulations experienced a statistically significant reduction in mental illness stigma.

  • Post pandemic, there is ongoing interest in distance/ virtual/ tele-simulation: effectiveness, feasibility, and best practices.

McDermott and Ludlow offer a prebriefing Guide for Online, Virtual, or Distant Simulation Experiences. Goldsworthy et al. explored co-debriefing in virtual simulations, Vera et al demonstrated the feasibility of remote based simulation in rural areas, and Mosher et al performed an interview study to explore perspectives on engagement in virtual debriefings.

The rest of the selected article encompass a wide range of topics – simulation debriefing, instructional design, procedural simulation, human factors, patient safety and psychological safety

The full list (July 2021 – June 2022) is here –

Happy reading

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