Three Principles Informing Simulation-Based Continuing Education to Promote Effective Interprofessional Collaboration

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Spring 2020) Hopwood, Nick; Blomberg, Marie; Dahlberg, Joanna; et al.

A recent study examined simulation-based continuing education in a hospital for the treatment of shoulder dystocia. Using video recording teams to collect data about a shoulder dystocia simulation and debrief, researchers identified three themes that highlight the efficacy of interprofessional collaboration via collectively oriented reflection. These themes are restructuring roles and responsibilities between team members; reframing the challenge of shoulder dystocia from individuals correctly following a protocol to a team of professionals who must attune to, respond to and support one another; and recontextualizing by "commingling" theoretical knowledge with practical experience to reflect on actions and judgments. The three themes, which apply to a number of clinical settings, establish principles to help guide continuing education for interprofessional practice via simulation, the researchers conclude.

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