Children and young people as simulated patients: recommendations for safe engagement

Andree S. Gamble, Debra Nestel, Margaret Bearman

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Adult simulated patients (SPs) are now embedded in health professions education, prompting the development of practice standards. The comparatively sparse involvement of children and young people as simulated participants in education may account for the absence of standards to underpin their safe practice. Research suggests that children and young people who fulfil simulated participant roles have specific requirements not covered by existing standards. This paper offers recommendations specific to the safe engagement of simulated participants in health professions education that align with published guidelines for working with adult simulated patients. These recommendations include: Practical considerations, safe work environment, scenario development, training for role portrayal, feedback & completion of assessment instruments, parental responsibility and ethical considerations. We hope these recommendations are valuable for anyone working with children or young people in simulated participant roles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Healthcare Simulation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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