The use of multiple-criteria decision-making theory to measure students' perceptions of high-fidelity simulation

Jersby, Maureen, van Schaik, Paul, Green, Steve and Nacheva-Skopalik, Lilyana (2017) The use of multiple-criteria decision-making theory to measure students' perceptions of high-fidelity simulation. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 3 (3). pp. 88-93. ISSN 2056-6697

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High fidelity simulation (HFS) has great potential to improve decision-making in clinical practice. Previous studies have found HFS promotes self-confidence, but its effectiveness in clinical practice has not been established. The aim of this research is to establish if HFS facilitates learning that informs decision-making skills in clinical practice using Multiple-Criteria Decision Making Theory (MCDMT).

The sample were 2nd year undergraduate pre-registration adult nursing students. MCDMT was used to measure the students’ experience of HFS and how it developed their clinical decision-making skills. MCDMT requires characteristic measurements which for the learning experience were based on five factors that underpin successful learning and for clinical decision making an analytical framework was used. The study utilised a repeated-measures design to take two measurements: the first one after the first simulation experience and the second one after clinical placement. Baseline measurements were obtained from academics. Data were analysed utilising the MCDMT tool.

After their initial exposure to simulation learning students reported that HFS provides a high quality learning experience (87%) and supports all aspects of clinical decision-making (85%). Following clinical practice the level of support for clinical decision-making remained at 85% suggesting that students believe HFS promotes transferability of knowledge to the practice setting.

Overall, students report a high level of support for learning and developing clinical decision-making skills from HFS. However, there are no comparative data available from classroom teaching of similar content so it cannot be established if these results are due to HFS alone.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Simulation, Decision-making, Education, Clinical Practice
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
G500 Information Systems
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 15:13
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:37

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