NightShift simulation to train newly qualified doctors in non-technical skills: a feasibility study

Brown, Michael and Pinchin, James and Valand, Reena and Larkin, Christopher and Pattinson, Joanne and Benning, Kelly and Housley, Gemma and Hatton, Jim and Shaw, Dominick E. and Syrysko, Paul and Sharples, Sarah and Blakey, John (2016) NightShift simulation to train newly qualified doctors in non-technical skills: a feasibility study. Future Hospital Journal, 3 (2). pp. 94-98. ISSN 2055-3331

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Abstract

There is growing evidence of greater rates of morbidity and mortality in hospitals during out-of-hours shifts, which appears to be exacerbated during the period in which newly qualified doctors commence work. In order to combat this issue, an online simulation of a night shift was developed and trialled in order to improve the non-technical skills of newly qualified doctors and, ultimately, improve clinical outcomes. A randomised feasibility trial of the electronic training simulation was performed with medical students (n=30) at the end of their training and in the initial weeks of working at a large teaching hospital. The study showed that participants in the intervention group completed their non-urgent tasks more rapidly than the control group: mean (SD) time to complete a non-urgent task of 85.1 (50.1) versus 157.6 (90.4) minutes, p=0.027. This difference persisted using linear regression analysis, which was undertaken using rota and task volume as independent cofactors (p=0.028). This study shows the potential for simulation technologies to improve non-technical skills.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Out-of-hours Care, Secondary Care, Simulation, Medical Education, Non-technical Skills
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Respiratory Medicine
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.7861/futurehosp.3-2-94
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 23:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37821

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