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“Thinking on your feet”—a qualitative study of debriefing practice

Overview of attention for article published in Advances in Simulation, April 2016
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“Thinking on your feet”—a qualitative study of debriefing practice
Published in
Advances in Simulation, April 2016
DOI 10.1186/s41077-016-0011-4
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Kristian Krogh, Margaret Bearman, Debra Nestel


Debriefing is a significant component of simulation-based education (SBE). Regardless of how and where immersive simulation is used to support learning, debriefing has a critical role to optimise learning outcomes. Although the literature describes different debriefing methods and approaches that constitute effective debriefing, there are discrepancies as to what is actually practised and how experts or experienced debriefers perceive and approach debriefing. This study sought to explore the self-reported practices of expert debriefers. We used a qualitative approach to explore experts' debriefing practices. Peer-nominated expert debriefers who use immersive manikin-based simulations were identified in the healthcare simulation community across Australia. Twenty-four expert debriefers were purposively sampled to participate in semi-structured telephone interviews lasting 45-90 min. Interviews were transcribed and independently analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Codes emerging through the data analysis clustered into four major categories: (1)Values: ideas and beliefs representing the fundamental principles that underpinned interviewees' debriefing practices. (2)Artistry: debriefing practices which are dynamic and creative. (3)Techniques: the specific methods used by interviewees to promote a productive and safe learning environment. (4)Development: changes in interviewees' debriefing practices over time. The "practice development triangle" inspired by the work of Handal and Lauvas offers a framework for our themes. A feature of the triangle is that thevaluesof expert debriefers provide a foundation for associatedartistryandtechniques. This framework may provide a different emphasis for courses and programmes designed to support debriefing practices where microskill development is often privileged, especially those microskills associated withtechniques(plan of action, creating a safe environment, managing learning objectives, promoting learner reflection and co-debriefing). Across the levels in the practice development triangle, the importance of continuing professional development is acknowledged. Strengths and limitations of the study are noted.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Unknown 133 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 16%
Other 15 11%
Researcher 13 10%
Student > Postgraduate 13 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 10%
Other 37 27%
Unknown 23 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 61 45%
Nursing and Health Professions 25 18%
Social Sciences 10 7%
Psychology 4 3%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 1%
Other 8 6%
Unknown 26 19%

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