Teaching end-of-life care using interprofessional simulation

Jane Gannon, Carol Motycka, Eric Egelund, Dale F. Kraemer, W. Thomas Smith, Kathleen Solomon

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Background: Competency in end-of-life (EOL) care is a growing expectation for health professions students. This study assessed the impact of four EOL care scenarios, using high-fidelity simulation, on the perceived learning needs and attitudes of pharmacy and nursing students. Method: On three campuses, pharmacy students (N = 158) were exposed to standard paper EOL case scenarios, while a fourth campus exposed eight graduate nursing and 37 graduate pharmacy students to simulated versions of the same cases. Results: The paper-based groups produced similar pre–post changes on the End of Life Professional Caregiver Survey. Results were pooled and compared with the simulation-only group, revealing significantly higher changes in pre–post scores for the simulation group. Conclusion: Students participating in the simulation group showed some significant differences in attitudes toward EOL care, compared with students in the classroom setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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