Do Simulation Studies Measure up? A Simulation Study Quality Review

Robyn P. Cant, Tracy Levett-Jones, Ainsley James

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Simulation-based education has become a ubiquitous teaching approach in nursing. However, ensuring the quality of simulation research is critical. We reviewed the methodological quality of 26 quantitative studies published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2017. The Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument and Simulation Research Evaluation Rubric showed that nearly all studies were of moderate to high quality (rated ≥50%). Correlation coefficients showed that interrater agreement was high overall (≥0.94). In conclusion, this was a valid approach for examining simulation study quality. Although most included studies were of high quality, some elements of study reporting can be improved upon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • education
  • effectiveness
  • nursing
  • program evaluation
  • review of literature
  • simulation-based education

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