Tyrone Donnon

The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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    ABSTRACT: To examine the effect of simulation-based seizure management teaching on improving caregiver competence and reported confidence with managing seizures. The authors hypothesized that simulation-based education would lead to a higher level of demonstrated competence and reported confidence in family members and caregivers. Simulation has not been previously studied in this context.
    Paediatrics & child health 08/2014; 19(7):373-8. · 1.55 Impact Factor
  • Elaine L Sigalet, Tyrone L Donnon, Vincent Grant
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract This study provides information for educators about levels of competence in teams comprised of medical, nursing and respiratory therapy students after receiving a simulation-based team-training (SBT) curriculum with and without an additional formalized 30-min team-training (TT) module. A two-group pre- and post-test research design was used to evaluate team competence with respect to leadership, roles and responsibilities, communication, situation awareness and resource utilization. All scenarios were digitally recorded and evaluated using the KidSIM Team Performance Scale by six experts from medicine, nursing and respiratory therapy. The lowest scores occurred for items that reflected situation awareness. All teams improved their aggregate scores from Time 1 to Time 2 (p < 0.05). Student teams in the intervention group achieved significantly higher performance scores at Time 1 (Cohen's d = 0.92, p < 0.001) and Time 2 (d = 0.61, p < 0.01). All student teams demonstrated significant improvement in their ability to work more effectively by Time 2. The results suggest that situational awareness is an advanced expectation for the undergraduate student team. The provision of a formalized TT module prior to engaging student teams in a simulation-based TT curriculum led to significantly higher performances at Time 1 and 2.
    Journal of Interprofessional Care 07/2014; · 1.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to develop a surgical skills program for first-year surgical residents by integrating the Canadian Medical Education Direction for Specialists (CanMEDS) roles. A 9-week course combining basic surgical skills and CanMEDS roles was developed and provided to 24 residents from the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary. Sessions consisted of a pretest/posttest, teaching the surgical skills, supervised practice, posttest, and teaching CanMEDS roles. The pretest scores indicated the residents' preparation and understanding of the session, which improved as the course progressed. The residents' satisfaction surveys graded on a scale from 1 to 5, syllabus content, syllabus effectiveness, teaching expectations, technical demonstrations, practice sessions, confidence gained, and bench model fidelity indicated a mean of 4.09 (standard deviation = 0.81) satisfaction with the new course. Similarly, preceptors' satisfaction surveys graded on a scale from 1 to 5 demonstrated a mean of 4.16 (standard deviation = 0.69) satisfaction. Surgical skills and CanMEDS roles of communication, professionalism, collaborator and manager, can be taught simultaneously proving that this new teaching format can be feasible, effective, and logistically convenient, providing a satisfying experience for both residents and preceptors.
    Journal of Surgical Education 05/2014; 71(3):419-25. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the significance of history of obesity for the development of childhood overweight and/or obesity. Accordingly, a systematic literature review of English-language studies published from 1980 to 2012 using the following data bases: MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Dissertation Abstracts International was conducted. The following terms were used in the search: pregnancy, overweight, obesity, family history, parents, childhood, risk factors. Eleven studies of family history and obesity conducted in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America met the inclusion criteria. A meta-analysis of these studies indicated that family history of obesity is a significant risk factor of overweight and /or obesity in offspring; risk for offspring overweight and/or obesity associated with family history varies depending of the family members included in the analysis; and when family history of obesity is present, the offspring are at greater risk for developing obesity or overweight. In addition, the results from moderator analyses suggest that part of the heterogeneity discovered between the studies can be explained by the region of world that the study occurred in and the age of the child at the time of weight assessment.
    International Journal of Medical, Pharmaceutical Science, and Engineering. 05/2014; 8(5):244-256.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the significance of maternal smoking for the development of childhood overweight and/or obesity. Accordingly, a systematic literature review of English-language studies published from 1980 to 2012 using the following data bases: MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Dissertation Abstracts International was conducted. The following terms were used in the search: pregnancy, overweight, obesity, smoking, parents, childhood, risk factors. Eighteen studies of maternal smoking during pregnancy and obesity conducted in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America met the inclusion criteria. A meta-analysis of these studies indicated that maternal smoking during pregnancy is a significant risk factor for overweight and obesity; mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at a greater risk for developing obesity or overweight; the quantity of cigarettes consumed by the mother during pregnancy influenced the odds of offspring overweight and/or obesity. In addition, the results from moderator analyses suggest that part of the heterogeneity discovered between the studies can be explained by the region of world that the study occurred in and the age of the child at the time of weight assessment.
    International Journal of Social, Human Science and Engineering. 05/2014; 8(5):1214-1225.
  • Aliya Kassam, Tyrone Donnon, Ian Rigby
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    ABSTRACT: Background:There is a question of whether a single assessment tool can assess the key competencies of residents as mandated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada CanMEDS roles framework.Objective:The objective of the present study was to investigate the reliability and validity of an emergency medicine (EM) in-training evaluation report (ITER).Method:ITER data from 2009 to 2011 were combined for residents across the 5 years of the EM residency training program. An exploratory factor analysis with varimax rotation was used to explore the construct validity of the ITER. A total of 172 ITERs were completed on residents across their first to fifth year of training.Results:A combined, 24-item ITER yielded a five-factor solution measuring the CanMEDs role Medical Expert/Scholar, Communicator/Collaborator, Professional, Health Advocate and Manager subscales. The factor solution accounted for 79% of the variance, and reliability coefficients (Cronbach alpha) ranged from α = 0.90 to 0.95 for each subscale and α = 0.97 overall. The combined, 24-item ITER used to assess residents' competencies in the EM residency program showed strong reliability and evidence of construct validity for assessment of the CanMEDS roles.Conclusion:Further research is needed to develop and test ITER items that will differentiate each CanMEDS role exclusively.
    Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine 03/2014; 16(2):144-50. · 0.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In surgery, preoperative handover of surgical trauma patients is a process that must be made as safe as possible. We sought to determine vital clinical information to be transferred between patient care teams and to develop a standardized handover checklist. We conducted standardized small-group interviews about trauma patient handover. Based on this information, we created a questionnaire to gather perspectives from all Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) members about which topics they felt would be most important on a handover checklist. We analyzed the responses to develop a standardized handover checklist. Of the 1106 COA members, 247 responded to the questionnaire. The top 7 topics felt to be most important for achieving patient safety in the handover were comorbidities, diagnosis, readiness for the operating room, stability, associated injuries, history/mechanism of injury and outstanding issues. The expert recommendations were to have handover completed the same way every day, all appropriate radiographs available, adequate time, all appropriate laboratory work and more time to spend with patients with more severe illness. Our main recommendations for safe handover are to use standardized checklists specific to the patient and site needs. We provide an example of a standardized checklist that should be used for preoperative handovers. To our knowledge, this is the first checklist for handover developed by a group of experts in orthopedic surgery, which is both manageable in length and simple to use.
    Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie 02/2014; 57(1):8-14. · 1.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The use of multisource feedback (MSF) or 360-degree evaluation has become a recognized method of assessing physician performance in practice. The purpose of the present systematic review was to investigate the reliability, generalizability, validity, and feasibility of MSF for the assessment of physicians. The authors searched the EMBASE, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, PubMed, and CINAHL databases for peer-reviewed, English-language articles published from 1975 to January, 2013. Studies were included if they met the following inclusion criteria: used one or more MSF instruments to assess physician performance in practice; reported psychometric evidence of the instrument(s) in the form of reliability, generalizability coefficients, and construct or criterion-related validity; and provided information regarding the administration or feasibility of the process in collecting the feedback data. Of the 96 full-text articles assessed for eligibility, 43 articles were included. The use of MSF has been shown to be an effective method for providing feedback to physicians from a multitude of specialties about their clinical and nonclinical (i.e., professionalism, communication, interpersonal relationship, management) performance. In general, assessment of physician performance was based on the completion of the MSF instruments by 8 medical colleagues, 8 coworkers, and 25 patients to achieve adequate reliability and generalizability coefficients of α ≥ 0.90 and Ep ≥ 0.80, respectively. The use of MSF employing medical colleagues, coworkers, and patients as a method to assess physicians in practice has been shown to have high reliability, validity, and feasibility.
    Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 01/2014; · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis on the construct and criterion validity of multi-source feedback (MSF) to assess physicians and surgeons in practice. In this study, we followed the guidelines for the reporting of observational studies included in a meta-analysis. In addition to PubMed and MEDLINE databases, the CINAHL, EMBASE, and PsycINFO databases were searched from January 1975 to November 2012. All articles listed in the references of the MSF studies were reviewed to ensure that all relevant publications were identified. All 35 articles were independently coded by two authors (AA, TD), and any discrepancies (eg, effect size calculations) were reviewed by the other authors (KA, AD, CV). Physician/surgeon performance measures from 35 studies were identified. A random-effects model of weighted mean effect size differences (d) resulted in: construct validity coefficients for the MSF system on physician/surgeon performance across different levels in practice ranged from d=0.14 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.40-0.69) to d=1.78 (95% CI 1.20-2.30); construct validity coefficients for the MSF on physician/surgeon performance on two different occasions ranged from d=0.23 (95% CI 0.13-0.33) to d=0.90 (95% CI 0.74-1.10); concurrent validity coefficients for the MSF based on differences in assessor group ratings ranged from d=0.50 (95% CI 0.47-0.52) to d=0.57 (95% CI 0.55-0.60); and predictive validity coefficients for the MSF on physician/surgeon performance across different standardized measures ranged from d=1.28 (95% CI 1.16-1.41) to d=1.43 (95% CI 0.87-2.00). The construct and criterion validity of the MSF system is supported by small to large effect size differences based on the MSF process and physician/surgeon performance across different clinical and nonclinical domain measures.
    Advances in medical education and practice. 01/2014; 5:39-51.
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    ABSTRACT: Background The purpose of this study was to develop a surgical skills program for first-year surgical residents by integrating the Canadian Medical Education Direction for Specialists (CanMEDS) roles. Methods A 9-week course combining basic surgical skills and CanMEDS roles was developed and provided to 24 residents from the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary. Sessions consisted of a pretest/posttest, teaching the surgical skills, supervised practice, posttest, and teaching CanMEDS roles. Results The pretest scores indicated the residents’ preparation and understanding of the session, which improved as the course progressed. The residents’ satisfaction surveys graded on a scale from 1 to 5, syllabus content, syllabus effectiveness, teaching expectations, technical demonstrations, practice sessions, confidence gained, and bench model fidelity indicated a mean of 4.09 (standard deviation = 0.81) satisfaction with the new course. Similarly, preceptors’ satisfaction surveys graded on a scale from 1 to 5 demonstrated a mean of 4.16 (standard deviation = 0.69) satisfaction. Conclusions Surgical skills and CanMEDS roles of communication, professionalism, collaborator and manager, can be taught simultaneously proving that this new teaching format can be feasible, effective, and logistically convenient, providing a satisfying experience for both residents and preceptors.
    Journal of Surgical Education 01/2014; 71(3):419–425. · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The purpose of this study was to develop a surgical skills program for first-year surgical residents by integrating the Canadian Medical Education Direction for Specialists (CanMEDS) roles. Methods A 9-week course combining basic surgical skills and CanMEDS roles was developed and provided to 24 residents from the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary. Sessions consisted of a pretest/posttest, teaching the surgical skills, supervised practice, posttest, and teaching CanMEDS roles. Results The pretest scores indicated the residents’ preparation and understanding of the session, which improved as the course progressed. The residents’ satisfaction surveys graded on a scale from 1 to 5, syllabus content, syllabus effectiveness, teaching expectations, technical demonstrations, practice sessions, confidence gained, and bench model fidelity indicated a mean of 4.09 (standard deviation = 0.81) satisfaction with the new course. Similarly, preceptors’ satisfaction surveys graded on a scale from 1 to 5 demonstrated a mean of 4.16 (standard deviation = 0.69) satisfaction. Conclusions Surgical skills and CanMEDS roles of communication, professionalism, collaborator and manager, can be taught simultaneously proving that this new teaching format can be feasible, effective, and logistically convenient, providing a satisfying experience for both residents and preceptors.
    Journal of Surgical Education 01/2014; 71(3):419–425. · 1.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Surgical simulators provide a safe environment to learn and practise psychomotor skills. A goal for these simulators is to achieve high levels of fidelity. The purpose of this study was to develop a reliable surgical simulator fidelity questionnaire and to assess whether a newly developed virtual haptic simulator for fixation of an ulna has comparable levels of fidelity as Sawbones. Simulator fidelity questionnaires were developed. We performed a stratified randomized study with surgical trainees. They performed fixation of the ulna using a virtual simulator and Sawbones. They completed the fidelity questionnaires after each procedure. Twenty-two trainees participated in the study. The reliability of the fidelity questionnaire for each separate domain (environment, equipment, psychological) was Cronbach α greater than 0.70, except for virtual environment. The Sawbones had significantly higher levels of fidelity than the virtual simulator (p < 0.001) with a large effect size difference (Cohen d < 1.3). The newly developed fidelity questionnaire is a reliable tool that can potentially be used to determine the fidelity of other surgical simulators. Increasing the fidelity of this virtual simulator is required before its use as a training tool for surgical fixation. The virtual simulator brings with it the added benefits of repeated, independent safe use with immediate, objective feedback and the potential to alter the complexity of the skill.
    Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie 08/2013; 56(4):E91-7. · 1.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to conduct a systematic literature review of multisource feedback (MSF) instruments and to summarize the evidence of feasibility, reliability, generalizability, validity and other psychometric characteristics of the instruments. Accordingly, we conducted a systematic literature review for English-language studies published from 1975 to 2012 using the following data bases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PubMed and PsychINFO. The following terms were used in the search: multisource-feedback, 360 degree evaluation, and assessment of medical professionalism. Forty-eight studies conducted in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, China and elsewhere met the inclusion criteria. The results indicate that MSF has adequate evidence of validity, reliability, and feasibility for providing health practitioners with quality improvement data (both formative and summative assessment) as part of an overall strategy of maintaining competence and certification. Professional psychology has not adopted MSF as a systematic competence–based method for evaluating, maintaining, and assuring competent practice of psychology and instead relies on self-assessment as the primary quality assurance approach for its public accountability. We make recommendations to adopt a MSF system of competence-based assessment of practicing psychologists by regulatory and licensing authorities in Canada and the United States.
    Professional Psychology Research and Practice 08/2013; 44(4):193-207. · 1.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The assessment, maintenance of competence, and recertification for surgeons have recently received increased attention from many health organizations. Assessment of physicians' competencies with multisource feedback (MSF) has become widespread in recent years. The aim of the present study was to investigate further the use of MSF for assessing surgical practice by conducting a systematic review of the published research. METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted to identify the use of MSF in surgical settings. The search was conducted using the electronic databases EMBASE, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, PubMed, and CINAHL for articles in English up to August 2012. Studies were included if they reported information about at least 1 out of feasibility, reliability, generalizability, and validity of the MSF. RESULTS: A total of 780 articles were identified with the initial search and 772 articles were excluded based on the exclusion criteria. Eight studies met the inclusion criteria for this systematic review. Reliability (Cronbach α≥0.90) was reported in 4 studies and generalizability (Ep(2)≥0.70) was reported in 4 studies. Evidence for content, criterion-related, and construct validity was reported in all 8 studies. CONCLUSION: MSF is a feasible, reliable, and valid method to assess surgical practice, particularly for nontechnical competencies such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, collegiality, humanism, and professionalism. Meanwhile, procedural competence needs to be assessed by different assessment methods. Further implementation for the use of MSF is desirable.
    Journal of Surgical Education 07/2013; 70(4):475-486. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Interprofessional simulation-based team training is strongly endorsed as a potential solution for improving teamwork in health care delivery. Unfortunately, there are few teamwork evaluation instruments. The present study developed and tested the psychometric characteristics of the newly developed KidSIM Team Performance Scale checklist. METHOD: A quasi-experimental research design engaging a convenience sample of 196 undergraduate medical, nursing, and respiratory therapy students was completed in the 2010-2011 academic year. Multidisciplinary student teams participated in a simulation-based curriculum that included the completion of two acute illness management scenarios, resulting in 282 independent reviews by evaluators from medicine, nursing, and respiratory therapy. The authors investigated the underlying factors of the performance checklist and examined the performance scores of an experimental and a control team-training-curriculum group. RESULTS: Participation in the supplemental team training curriculum was related to higher team performance scores (P < .001). All teams at Time 2 achieved higher scores than at Time 1 (P <.05). The reliability coefficient for the total performance scale was α = 0.90. Factor analysis supported a three-factor solution (accounting for 67.9% of the variance) with an emphasis on roles and responsibilities (five items) and communication (six items) subscale factors. CONCLUSIONS: When simulation is used in acute illness management training, the KidSIM Team Performance Scale provides reliable, valid score interpretation of undergraduates' team process based on communication effectiveness and identification of roles and responsibilities. Implementation of a supplementary team training curriculum significantly enhances students' performance in multidisciplinary simulation-based scenarios at the undergraduate level.
    Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 05/2013; · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Surgical trainees develop surgical skills using various techniques, with simulators providing a safe learning environment. Fracture fixation is the most common procedure in orthopaedic surgery, and residents may benefit from simulated fracture fixation. The performance of residents on a virtual simulator that allows them to practice the surgical fixation of fractures by providing a sense of touch (haptics) has not yet been compared with their performance using other methods of practicing fracture fixation, such as a Sawbones simulator model. The purpose of this study was to assess whether residents performed similarly on a newly developed virtual simulator compared with a Sawbones simulator fracture fixation model. A stratified, randomized controlled study involving twenty-two orthopaedic surgery residents was performed. The residents were randomized to first perform surgical fixation of the ulna on either the virtual or the Sawbones simulator, after which they performed the same procedure on the other simulator. Their performance was evaluated by examiners experienced in fracture fixation who completed a task-specific checklist, global rating scale (GRS) form, and time-to-completion record for each participant on each simulator. Both simulators distinguished between differing experience levels, demonstrating construct validity; for the Sawbones simulator, the Cohen d value (effect size) was >0.90, and for the virtual simulator, d was >1.10 (p < 0.05 for both). The participants achieved significantly better scores on the virtual simulator compared with the Sawbones simulator (p < 0.05) for all measures except time to completion. The GRS scores showed a high level of internal consistency (Cronbach α, >0.80). However, Pearson product-moment correlation analysis showed no significant correlations between the results on the two simulators; therefore, concurrent validity was not achieved. The newly developed virtual ulnar surgical fixation simulator, which incorporates haptics, shows promise for helping surgical trainees learn and practice basic skills, but it did not attain the same standards as the current standard Sawbones simulator. The procedural measures used to assess resident performance demonstrated good reliability and validity, and both the Sawbones and the virtual simulator showed evidence of construct validity.
    The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 05/2013; 95(9):e601-6. · 3.23 Impact Factor
  • Azzam S. Al-Kadi, Tyrone Donnon
    Medical Teacher 04/2013; 35(s1). · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: To conduct a meta-analysis of published studies to determine the construct and criterion validity of the mini-clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX) to measure clinical performance. METHOD: The authors included all peer-reviewed studies published from 1995 to 2012 that reported the relationship between participants' performance on the mini-CEX and on other standardized academic and clinical performance measures. Moderator variables and performance and standardized exam measures were extracted and reviewed independently using a standardized coding protocol. RESULTS: Performance measures from 11 studies were identified. A random-effects model of weighted mean effect size differences (d) resulted in (1) construct validity coefficients for the mini-CEX on the trainees' performance across different residency year levels ranging from d = 0.25 (95% confidence intervals [CI]: 0.04-0.46) to d = 0.50 (95% CI: 0.31-0.70), and (2) concurrent validity coefficients for the mini-CEX based on personnel ratings ranging from d = 0.23 (95% CI: 0.04-0.50) to d = 0.50 (95% CI: 0.34-0.65).Also, a random-effects model of weighted correlation effect size differences (r) resulted in predictive validity coefficients for the mini-CEX on trainees' performance across different standardized measures ranging from r = 0.26 (95% CI: 0.16-0.35) to r = 0.85 (95% CI: 0.47-0.96). CONCLUSIONS: The construct and criterion validity of the mini-CEX was supported by small to large effect size differences based on measures between trainees' achievement and clinical skills performance, indicating that it is an important instrument for the direct observation of trainees' clinical performance.
    Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 01/2013; · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    Elaine Sigalet, Tyrone Donnon, Vincent Grant
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Existing attitude scales on interprofessional education (IPE) focus on students' attitudes toward the concepts of teamwork and opportunities for IPE but fail to examine student perceptions of the learning modality that also plays an important role in the teaching and learning process. The purpose of this present study was to test the psychometric characteristics of the KidSIM Attitude Towards Teamwork in Training Undergoing Designed Educational Simulation (ATTITUDES) questionnaire developed to measure student perceptions of and attitudes toward IPE, teamwork, and simulation as a learning modality. METHODS: A total of 196 medical, nursing, and respiratory therapy students received a 3-hour IPE curriculum module that focused on 2 simulation-based team training scenarios in emergency and intensive care unit settings. Each multiprofessional group of students completed the 30-item ATTITUDES questionnaire before participating in the IPE curriculum and the same questionnaire again as a posttest on completion of the high-fidelity simulation, team-based learning sessions. RESULTS: The internal reliability of the ATTITUDES questionnaire was α = 0.95. The factor analysis supports a 5-factor solution accounting for 61.6% of the variance: communication (8 items), relevance of IPE (7 items), relevance of simulation (5 items), roles and responsibilities (6 items), and situation awareness (4 items). Aggregated and profession-specific analysis of students' responses using paired sample t tests showed significant differences from the pretest to the posttest for all questionnaire items and subscale measures (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: The KidSIM ATTITUDES questionnaire provides a reliable and construct valid measure of student perceptions of and attitudes toward IPE, teamwork, and simulation as a learning modality.
    Simulation in healthcare: journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare 08/2012; · 1.59 Impact Factor

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248 Citations
71.25 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2005–2011
    • The University of Calgary
      • • Department of Radiology
      • • Faculty of Medicine
      • • Department of Community Health Sciences
      • • Department of Medicine
      Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2010
    • Université de Montréal
      Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2009
    • Taipei Medical University
      • Department of Paediatrics
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008
    • Umm Al-Qura University
      Makkah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia