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Authors: Kurz, Sandra
Lohse, Jana
Buggenhagen, Holger
Schmidtmann, Irene
Laufenberg-Feldmann, Rita
Engelhard, Kristin
Title: Improving competence and safety in pain medicine : a practical clinical teaching strategy for students combining simulation and bedside teaching
Online publication date: 24-Sep-2021
Language: english
Abstract: BACKGROUND Pain is a devastating sensation and has to be treated immediately. Therefore, we developed a training program to improve the knowledge of medical students in the field of pain medicine. In the present study, the applicability and efficacy of this training program was tested. METHODS Half of the students attended first a training with simulated patients (SP) followed by bedside teaching (Group 1). Group 2 performed the training programs in reverse order. The evaluation based on standardized questionnaires completed by students (self-assessment) and all students took part in two practical examinations after the learning interventions. RESULTS This study included 35 students. The quality of the simulation was evaluated by the students with average grade 1.1 (1 = very good, 6 = very bad). The practical work on the ward with patients was rated with grade 1.4 of 6, the whole course with 1.1. Students of Group A were significantly better in the final examination (grade 1.7 vs. grade 2.2, p < 0.05). To rate the improvement of skills (self-assessment) we used a Likert Scale (1 = very certain, 5 = very uncertain). The following skills were similar in both groups and significantly better after the course: taking responsibility, expert knowledge, empathy, relationship building and communication. CONCLUSIONS Training with simulated patients in combination with small-group teaching at the bedside with real patients achieves a dramatic increase in student competence. Students prefer learning from the simulation before bedside teaching and propose to include simulation into the curricular teaching of pain medicine.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: BMC medical education
Pages or article number: 133
Publisher: BioMed Central
Publisher place: London
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 1472-6920
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Publisher DOI: 10.1186/s12909-021-02554-6
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