Simulation research to enhance patient safety and outcomes: recommendations of the Simnovate Patient Safety Domain Group

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Pucher, PH ; Tamblyn, R ; Boorman, D ; Dixon-Woods, Mary ; Donaldson, L ; Draycott, T ; Forster, A ; Nadkarni, V ; Power, C ; Sevdalis, N ; Aggarwal, R (2017)
  • Publisher: BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.17863/CAM.10192
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: education | health care economics and organizations

The use of simulation-based training has established itself in healthcare but its implementation has been varied and mostly limited to technical and non-technical skills training. This article discusses the possibilities of the use of simulation as part of an overarching approach to improving patient safety, and represents the views of the Simnovate Patient Safety Domain Group, an international multidisciplinary expert group dedicated to the improvement of patient safety. The application and integration of simulation into the various facets of a learning healthcare system is discussed, with reference to relevant literature and the different modalities of simulation which may be employed. The selection and standardisation of outcomes is highlighted as a key goal if the evidence base for simulation-based patient safety interventions is to be strengthened. This may be achieved through the establishment of standardised reporting criteria. If such safety interventions can be proven to be effective, financial incentives are likely to be necessary to promote their uptake, with the intention that up-front cost to payers or insurers be recouped in the longer term but reductions in complications and lengths of stay. This research was funded through an unrestricted donation from the Blema and Arnold Steinberg Foundation. NS's research was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South London at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. NS is a member of King's Improvement Science, which is part of the NIHR CLAHRC South London and comprises a specialist team of improvement scientists and senior researchers based at King's College London. Its work is funded by King's Health Partners (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, the Maudsley Charity and the Health Foundation. RT's research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
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