Clinical Blindness: Co-designing interprofessional simulation- based education with consumers to uncover and address cognitive bias in healthcare

Samantha Sevenhuysen, Gabrielle Brand, Julia Morphet, Samantha Dix, Joy Davis, Renee Molloy, Suzanne Sinni, Alison Watts, Michelle Daniel, Holly Challis, James Bonnamy, Pauline D'Astoli

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The presence and consequences of cognitive bias in healthcare contributes to health disparities, and targeted education strategies to increase awareness of bias can mitigate its influence on clinical care. This four-part project aims to co-design, deliver and evaluate an interprofessional simulation-based
education (SBE) scenario to address cognitive bias in healthcare; and establish a framework for utilising incident data and consumer and health professional staff experiences to co-design education interventions. This presentation will present parts one and two of the project, which aimed to 1) explore staff and consumer experiences of cognitive bias in healthcare; and 2) co-design an interprofessional SBE scenario.

Data were collected from a) health service serious adverse patient safety event (SAPSE) reports involving cognitive bias and b) staff and consumer experiences of cognitive bias in healthcare. Content analysis was conducted on the report data and triangulated with thematic analysis of interview transcripts. A Participatory Action Research methodology was used to co-design an interprofessional
SBE scenario with a team of educators, simulation experts, health service staff and consumers.

Data from nine SAPSE reports, three consumer and five staff interviews were analysed. Themes identified were integrated into an SBE scenario, including de-identified experiences to ensure authenticity and carefully designed multisensorial elements included to meet the learning objectives. In debrief, participants will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of cognitive bias on person-centred
care and create strategies to recognise and respond to cognitive bias in their clinical practice.

To our knowledge, this is the first interprofessional, co-designed SBE scenario designed specifically to address cognitive bias. The impact of the scenario will be evaluated in future phases of the project. The framework for utilising incident data and participant experience to co-design education interventions with consumers may be applicable to a range of subject areas and contemporary health
professional practice contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2023 - Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 26 Jun 202329 Jun 2023


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2023
CityGold Coast
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