Informing Simulation Design: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study of the Experiences of Bereaved Parents and Actors

Title

Informing Simulation Design: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study of the Experiences of Bereaved Parents and Actors

Creator

Vemuri S; O'Neill J; Hynson J; Gillam L

Publisher

Simulation in Healthcare

Date

2022

Subject

bereaved parent; Pediatric simulation; Phenomenological Study; simulated parent; simulation design; standardized patient

Description

INTRODUCTION: Simulations, which represent reality, are effective in pediatric healthcare communication skills education and training. Parents are increasingly engaged in simulation development, particularly for authentic character development, to help achieve greater psychological fidelity. For simulated encounters related to a child's end-of-life, involvement of bereaved parents would make sense. However, this is challenging because there is limited research to guide their inclusion and significant responsibility for any approach to be thoughtful and psychologically safe for participating parents. This study explores the impact and experiences of bereaved parents and actors who participated in simulation design. METHODS: This qualitative phenomenological study involved five bereaved parents and two actors who participated in a full-day workshop to design and develop characters for use in a simulation. Individual semistructured interviews were conducted up to four weeks after the workshop. Data collected from these telephone interviews were analyzed using inductive content analysis. RESULTS: Bereaved parents found the workshop emotionally challenging but positive, worthwhile, and beneficial. Similarly, actors found the workshop helpful in character development and, although it was an intense experience for them, it validated the importance of their work. Key elements of our research findings could inform future such activities. CONCLUSIONS: Involving bereaved parents in simulation design can be psychologically safe and beneficial for both parents and actors. Ongoing involvement of bereaved parents may lead to higher-quality simulated experiences, allowing clinicians to practice skills to enhance care provided at a child's end-of-life.

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Citation List Month

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Citation

Vemuri S; O'Neill J; Hynson J; Gillam L, “Informing Simulation Design: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study of the Experiences of Bereaved Parents and Actors,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed June 18, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17845.