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Effectiveness of Patient Simulations in Dietetic Education and Training

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dc.contributor.advisor Buchholz, Andrea
dc.contributor.advisor MacMartin, Clare Vanderleest, Kaitlyn 2019-05-13T16:39:14Z 2019-05-13T16:39:14Z 2019-05 2019-05-01 2019-05-13
dc.description.abstract Widely used in teaching various healthcare students, patient simulations are not common in dietetics education. This mixed-methods study investigated effectiveness of patient simulations in two courses (one undergraduate, one graduate) in 2016 and 2017 in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Nutrition students acted as dietitians, and theatre students as patients. 99.8% of undergraduate and 82.6% of graduate nutrition students agreed/strongly agreed that simulations enhanced learning and confidence. Undergraduate students’ competence scores related to physical assessment, patient education, and communication skills improved by 46.9%, and graduate students’ scores related to assessment, patient education, communication and counselling skills, by 27.9% (both p < 0.01). Thematic analysis of students’ written reflections and focus group data suggested simulations increased communication and assessment skills, confidence and self-efficacy. Simulation realism, student preparedness, observing, post-simulation debriefing and reflecting increased perceived simulation value. Strengths, limitations, and clinical and pedagogical implications of simulation are discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Learning Enhancement Fund grant from the office of the Provost, University of Guelph. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject simulation en_US
dc.subject nutrition en_US
dc.subject dietetic en_US
dc.subject student en_US
dc.subject undergraduate en_US
dc.subject graduate en_US
dc.subject theatre en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject training en_US
dc.subject learning en_US
dc.subject confidence en_US
dc.subject effectiveness en_US
dc.subject competence en_US
dc.title Effectiveness of Patient Simulations in Dietetic Education and Training en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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