Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An exploratory case study about interprofessional simulation-based learning for a team of health care educators
by Villanueva, Celeste G., Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2015, 264; 3741617
Abstract (Summary)

This prospective, exploratory, single case study is about health care simulation as a learning approach for faculty to develop as teams of interprofessional facilitators. The research was aimed at understanding how simulation-based team training, designed around an interprofessional theme, promotes both teamwork and interprofessional facilitator competencies among participants representing 6 health care professions (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and pharmacy). The central research question asked how faculty attitudes, knowledge, and skills/behaviors in the areas of teamwork and interprofessional education (IPE) facilitation are characterized after experiencing a faculty development workshop designed as interprofessional simulation based team training (IP-SBTT). Four sub-questions focused inquiry into the workshop’s: use of TeamSTEPPS®, unique instructional design, impact on the peer-to-peer attitudes of faculty, and impact on faculty’s personal perspectives about simulation-based learning (SBL).

The examined case was the shared experiences of 9 faculty who participated in a 2-day, 14-hour workshop conducted in a university based simulation center. The workshop entailed immersion in team-based scenarios involving IPE issues. Learning objectives focused on facilitation skills. Data from multiple sources included video recordings of all activities, media material, observation notes/tool, surveys and a focus group interview. An iterative analysis of the evidence employed the use of HyperRESEARCH, qualitative data analysis software for video and text. Twelve key findings are based on triangulation of the frequency of coded behavioral markers on 12.5 hours of video, quantitative and qualitative data from post-simulation survey data, as well as focus group interview results.

Triangulation via analysis using 3 theoretical constructs lead to the study conclusions which are presented in 3 thematic clusters: (a) IP-SBTT enhances attitudes of mutual trust and team orientation, and the knowledge achievement of shared mental models; (b) the TeamSTEPPS framework is an effective approach to developing teams of IPE facilitators, and the Tension Triangle framework closely aligns with SBL components; and (c) Interprofessional-Meta-Simulation Based Team Learning (IP-M-SBTL) fosters an increased awareness of the emotional vulnerability associated with SBL, and enhanced self-reflection skills, increasing competence in interprofessional facilitation. The IP-M-SBTL model for faculty development is strongly recommended for building teams of interprofessional facilitators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, Kay
Commitee: Fusco Kledzik, Judith, Na'Desh, Fonda
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Health sciences, Health education, Higher education
Keywords: Faculty development, Health care educators, Healthcare simulation, Interprofessional education, Simulation-based learning, Simulation-based team training, TeamSTEPPS
Publication Number: 3741617
ISBN: 9781339339719
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