NightShift simulation to train newly qualified doctors in non-technical skills: a feasibility study

Michael Brown, James Pinchin, Reena Valand, Christopher Larkin, Joanne Pattinson, Kelly Benning, Gemma Housley, Jim Hatton, Dominick Shaw, Paul Syrysko, Sarah Sharples, John D Blakey

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Abstract

There is growing evidence of greater rates of morbidity and mortality in hospitals during out-of-hours shifts, which appears to be exacerbated during the period in which newly qualified doctors commence work. In order to combat this issue, an online simulation of a night shift was developed and trialled in order to improve the non-technical skills of newly qualified doctors and, ultimately, improve clinical outcomes. A randomised feasibility trial of the electronic training simulation was performed with medical students (n=30) at the end of their training and in the initial weeks of working at a large teaching hospital. The study showed that participants in the intervention group completed their non-urgent tasks more rapidly than the control group: mean (SD) time to complete a non-urgent task of 85.1 (50.1) versus 157.6 (90.4) minutes, p=0.027. This difference persisted using linear regression analysis, which was undertaken using rota and task volume as independent cofactors (p=0.028). This study shows the potential for simulation technologies to improve non-technical skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalFuture Hospital Journal
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

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    Brown, M., Pinchin, J., Valand, R., Larkin, C., Pattinson, J., Benning, K., Housley, G., Hatton, J., Shaw, D., Syrysko, P., Sharples, S., & Blakey, J. D. (2016). NightShift simulation to train newly qualified doctors in non-technical skills: a feasibility study. Future Hospital Journal, 3(2), 94-98. https://doi.org/10.7861/futurehosp.3-2-94