Simulation-Based Research: A Scoping Review

Sidharth Vemuri, Jenny Hynson, Lynn Gillam, Katrina Williams

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There is an increasing interest in using simulation in qualitative research outside evaluation of educational-based activities. To examine how data from simulation has been generated and used in qualitative research, we conducted a scoping review of research topics and data collection and analysis processes reported in qualitative research using simulation in the research method. Of the 665 articles that involved qualitative inquiry, 46 involved simulation in research independent from simulation-based education. Phenomena explored included communication and clinical decision-making during routine care and at highly sensitive times, such as the end of life, as well as the experiences when providing care in a variety of settings and patients, individually and within teams. Our findings highlight that simulation can be used for analysis of phenomena that are difficult for researchers to gain access to firsthand, and we discuss features for consideration when using simulation in qualitative health research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2351-2360
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Australia
  • qualitative
  • qualitative research
  • research design
  • scoping review
  • simulation-based research

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