Abstract

Background

This education-focused research project evaluated the benefit of a structured debriefing session on students' learning after the students completed three pediatric-based clinical simulations.

 

Method

Eleven students participated in this study, in which their performance was videotaped during each simulation. They received a verbal debriefing at the conclusion of each clinical simulation and then received a structured debriefing session involving a review of the videotape during a qualitative focus group interview.

 

Results and Conclusions

Descriptive findings from the discussion of the debriefing session suggest that students have a strong need for debriefing immediately following the conclusion of each simulation to help them decompress and integrate the experience into their knowledge base.

Keywords: Debriefing; simulations; focus groups