Combining high-fidelity human patient simulators with a standardized family member: A novel approach to teaching breaking bad news

Mark W. Bowyer, Lisa Rawn, Janice Hanson, Elisabeth A. Pimentel, Amy Flanagan, E. Matthew Ritter, Anne Rizzo, Joseph O. Lopreiato

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Abstract

Our novel approach to teaching Breaking Bad News (BBN) involves having students actively participate in an unsuccessful resuscitation (mannequin) followed immediately by BBN to a standardized patient wife (SPW) portrayed by an actress. Thirty-nine 3rd year medical students completed a questionnaire and then were divided as follows: Group 1 (n=21) received little to no training prior to speaking with the SPW. Group 2 (n =18) received a lecture and practiced for 1 hour in small groups prior to the resuscitation and BBN. Both groups self assessed ability to BBN (p<.0002 & p<.00001), and ability to have a plan (p<.0004 & p <.0003) improved significantly over base line with greater improvement in group 2. Group 2 (pre-trained) students were rated superior by SPW's in several key areas. This novel approach to teaching BBN to 3rd year medical students was well received by the students and resulted in marked improvement of self assessed skills over baseline.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 14 - Accelerating Change in Healthcare
Subtitle of host publicationNext Medical Toolkit, MMVR 2006
PublisherIOS Press
Pages67-72
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1586035835, 9781586035839
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 14 - Accelerating Change in Healthcare: Next Medical Toolkit, MMVR 2006 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2006Jan 27 2006

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume119
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

ConferenceMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 14 - Accelerating Change in Healthcare: Next Medical Toolkit, MMVR 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA
Period01/24/0601/27/06

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