Importance and challenges of simulation training in healthcare

Carolina Felipe Soares Brandao, Dario Cecilio-Fernandes*

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    The use of simulation in health education expands learning opportunities, contributing in a relevant way to the prevention of errors during professional activity. However, there are several challenges to achieving efficient simulated training, including the need to adapt the knowledge produced in different contexts. How should a simulation center be organized? How to take into account the peculiarities of the students in applying the concept of debriefing? Have the evaluation tools been validated for the population in which they are being applied? What elements should be included in simulation-based teaching to improve acquisition and/or retention of skills, knowledge, and attitudes? At what point, in the curriculum, should every possibility of simulated training be introduced in order to make the investment valid? In this editorial, the authors point out the importance of simulation training in healthcare and the need for research aimed at understanding the different situations and providing answers to these questions.

    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Article number30102
    Number of pages3
    JournalScientia Medica
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • simulation
    • medical education
    • healthcare professional education
    • medical error
    • patient safety

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