Using clinical simulation to study how to improve quality and safety in healthcare
BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
BMJ Publishing Group
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Dixon-Woods, M., & Lame, G. (2018). Using clinical simulation to study how to improve quality and safety in healthcare. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000370
Simulation can offer researchers access to events that can otherwise not be directly observed, and in a safe and controlled environment. How to use simulation for the study of how to improve the quality and safety of healthcare remains under-explored, however. We offer an overview of Simulation-Based Research (SBR) in this context. Building on theory and examples, we show how SBR can be deployed and which study designs it may support. We discuss the challenges of simulation for healthcare improvement research and how they can be tackled. We conclude that using simulation in the study of healthcare improvement is a promising approach that could usefully complement established research methods.
Guillaume Lamé and Mary Dixon-Woods are supported by the Health Foundation’s grant to the University of Cambridge for The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute. THIS Institute is supported by the Health Foundation - an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. This work was also supported by MDW’s Wellcome Trust Investigator award WT09789. MDW is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator.
Wellcome Trust (097899/Z/11/Z)
Health Foundation (unknown)
Department of Health (via National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)) (NF-SI-0617-10026)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000370
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/287453
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