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Carolinas Simulation Center’s research team conducts both basic and applied research using a variety of techniques. Through a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to advance research in simulation, education, and patient safety. Our team includes expertise in human factors and healthcare communication and has access to a variety of clinical subspecialties and patient care settings.

Research Initiatives Spotlight

Does the Use of a Debrief Tool Significantly Improve DASH© Scores for Facilitators in a Nursing Program Over Time: A Longitudinal Study

Nurse Educators Patricia Campbell and Jennifer Noble created the Systematic Approach for Nurse Debriefing (StAND) tool with the purpose of providing a generalizable and simple tool for improving quality of post-scenario debriefs. Research on this tool will assess the impact of the StAND tools on Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH) scores. This study takes on a longitudinal design to assess the impact of the StAND tool on DASH scores over time. Results of this study will be used to improve the quality of simulation debriefs, and to further best practices in simulation education.

Pelvic Model Research

Drs. Erinn Myers and Megan Tarr recognized there was a gap in surgical education for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellows. To fill this gap, a multi-disciplinary collaborative team was formed to create simulated models for pelvic reconstruction surgeries. The first model created was for a Sacrocolpopexy procedure, which is a technique for repairing pelvic organ prolapse. The simulation center team created the soft tissue reusable portions for the models. Further, the simulation center research manager applied Human Factors principles to establish validation metrics for model assessment. Recently, the model was presented at the American Urogynecologic Society conference for validation and feedback was positive. Additional models for other procedures are being created.



The 21st International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2021) is scheduled for January 9-13, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. Registration opens September 8, 2020!

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