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Improving Interprofessional Attitudes Towards Mental and Physical Comorbidities: The Effectiveness of High Fidelity Simulation Training Versus Roleplay

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Amina Saadi, Tasnim Uddin, Megan Fisher, Sean Cross, Chris Attoe

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
PublishedMay 2021

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Background: Teaching and training methods may be failing to keep up with complex healthcare needs and services. Simulation training is an innovative tool that can be used to train healthcare professions to manage interacting mental and physical health needs, and to improve care through interprofessional collaboration. However, the utilisation and evidence behind simulation training is lacking in relation to mental health care. This paper aims to compare the effects of simulation and roleplay training for mental-physical comorbidities on interprofessional attitudes. Methods: Participants took part in one of two courses: a simulation workshop (n = 29) or a didactic and roleplay-based course (n = 99). The Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) scores were collected pre- and postcourse and compared by training course. Results: Simulation showed statistically significant improvements in attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration whereas the roleplay course highlighted no significant changes postcourse. Conclusions: Simulation is an effective educational and training tool that can be applied to mental healthcare and mental-physical comorbidities. Attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration can be improved more effectively through simulation training by increasing knowledge, understanding, and confidence.

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