Lightning Talk

Virtual Simulation to Promote Interprofessional Team Practice with Older Adults

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

We will describe virtual interprofessional simulation experiences developed as part of our HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The simulations promote interprofessional collaboration by mimicking a tabletop team care-planning process for a complex older adult. These experiences were integrated into the curriculum across disciplines at multiple academic institutions. The education design is scaffolded with didactics as part of the pre-simulation work and a review of the important didactic content on the day of the simulation. Pre-COVID the simulations were held in person, however since COVID all simulations have been conducted virtually. Student progression in interprofessional competencies using the Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale were measured comparing pre and post simulation trainings in the virtual format. Satisfaction with the education was also measured. There were 548 pre surveys and 440 post surveys. Results showed statistically significant improvement in overall interprofessional competencies (mean pre=5.44, mean post=6.10, p< 0.0001). Each item on the ISVS was statistically significantly improved at p< 0.0001. There were 440 responses to the satisfaction survey with 94% of respondents rating the events as good, very good or excellent, as compared to 96% of those who attended in-person simulation events pre-COVID. Of trainees receiving virtual education, 84% agreed that the simulations increased their attitude regarding the benefits of teamwork compared to 96% at in-person events. Additionally, 77% of trainees felt more confident about their ability to work in an actual interprofessional team compared to 90% at in-person events pre-COVID. Although there are logistical and other benefits to virtual simulation events, this data suggests that in-person team interactions are more effective in imparting positive team attitudes and confidence working in teams, and effective teamwork is associated with improved wellness of healthcare staff. Such challenges must be addressed as virtual teams are likely here to stay.