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.
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