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From The CriticsReviewer: Rebecca Bowden, PhD (Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: Simulation-based education is used in healthcare training worldwide to develop clinical skills and document competency. Although much has been published on the validity of simulation, a comprehensive overview of the research has been needed. This guide helps fills this need for novices and experts alike.
Purpose: This is intended as a "reference textbook" for the field of simulation in healthcare. To that end, it provides an overview of terminology, history, and current issues. It offers practical advice about developing, organizing, evaluating, and documenting simulation programs. Chapters on the use of simulation in various medical disciplines provide an overview of more specialized uses.
Audience: The editors represent notable simulation groups and the contributing authors are leading experts in simulation worldwide. The book will serve as a comprehensive reference for medical educators developing simulation programs and as an excellent resource for those seeking to expand their knowledge base.
Features: Part 1 describes the organization of the book, offering a broad overview, rationale, and a succinct outline of the five major themes. It also provides a comprehensive review of the history of simulation with personal memoirs from key pioneers. Part 2 discusses simulation modalities that have been in use for decades, along with evolving, innovative modalities. Part 3 is an overview of how simulation is used in various medical disciplines. Part 4 focuses on professional development in simulation, covering topics such as clinical educator training and fellowships. Part 5 is devoted to program development in simulation and discusses simulation center development, funding, research opportunities, and accreditation in a concise, understandable manner. The closing chapter outlines the editor's vision of the future role of simulation in healthcare: how simulation may potentially impact the patient care and healthcare cost in context of current best practices. Particularly useful for readers are the numerous tables, well-designed and easy-to-read figures and photos. The figures and tables contain practical suggestions and best practices for the material covered in the chapter(s). Chapter references were carefully chosen for their historical value and scientific rigor and will be especially useful for individuals new to simulation education and those seeking a more detailed reference for simulation topics. A comprehensive glossary, appendixes of sample floor plans, and text index is included.
Assessment: As healthcare education and delivery changes over the coming decades, competency assessment via simulation will likely become widely accepted as best practice. The quantity of peer-reviewed literature describing the validity of the use of simulation in undergraduate and graduate medical training has exploded in the past two decades. This book offers an extensive overview of this field, with some of today's leading experts presenting their viewpoints of healthcare simulation in a cogent and readable manner. It is highly recommended.