Improving patient safety by using interprofessional simulation training in health professional education

J Interprof Care. 2006 Oct;20(5):507-16. doi: 10.1080/13561820600918200.


Modern medicine is complex. Reports and surveys demonstrate that patient safety is a major problem. Health educators focus on professional knowledge and less on how to improve patient care and safety. The ability to act as part of a team, fostering communication, co-operation and leadership is seldom found in health education. This paper reports the findings from pilot testing a simulated training program in interprofessional student teams. Four teams each comprising one medical, nursing, and intensive nursing student (n = 12), were exposed to two simulation scenarios twice. Focus groups were used to evaluate the program. The findings suggest that the students were satisfied with the program, but some of the videos and simulation exercises could be more realistic and more in accordance with each other. Generally they wanted more interprofessional team training, and had learned a lot about their own team performance, personal reactions and lack of certain competencies. Involving students in interprofessional team training seem to be more likely to enhance their learning process. The students' struggles with roles, competence and team skills underline the need for more focus on combining professional knowledge learning with team training.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*