Building interprofessional team competence through online synchronous simulation of palliative care scenarios

Amanda J. Kirkpatrick, Andrea M. Thinnes, Cindy L. Selig, Helen S. Chapple, Lindsay M. Iverson, Kelly K. Nystrom, Nancy Shirley, Maribeth Hercinger, Diane Jorgensen, Gladyce O. Janky, Brianna F. Baumberger, Amy Pick

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Background: Simulation-enhanced interprofessional education (Sim-IPE) is increasingly used in health professional programs to promote team competence. Sim-IPE using online technology incorporating palliative care (PC) scenarios may be an attractive option for including distance learners, overcoming clinical-site restrictions, and increasing proficiency in difficult conversations. Purpose: To evaluate outcomes of Sim-IPE using a web-conferencing platform in an interprofessional (IP) PC course. Method: Repeated measures were used to evaluate self-efficacy and competent performance in IP PC scenarios among enrolled students (N = 24) during a two-part simulation in two separate semesters. Student health professions included nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Results: Significant self-efficacy increases were found between Simulations 1 and 2 in both course offerings, with competent student team performance in each simulation. Conclusions: Distance Sim-IPE using PC scenarios are effective pedagogy for IP students to develop competence in how to engage, collaborate, and communicate among teams for patient-centered care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100512
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Distance
  • Health professions
  • Interprofessional education
  • Online
  • Palliative care
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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