Simulation-based education within respiratory physiotherapy training: a scoping review

Stephanie K Mansell, Kate Grafton, Emily Barnfield, Georgina Eckersley, Amy Bendall, Gabriella Cork, Agnieszka Lewko, Amanda Thomas, Una Jones

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Objective The aim of this scoping review is to provide respiratory physiotherapists with guidance on the implementation of simulation-based education Introduction In recent years there has been a widespread rise in the adoption of simulation-based education. A scoping review was decided upon by the ACPRC Editorial Board to focus on any new evidence or guidance in the field. Inclusion criteria 1) Studies investigating the use of simulation-based education within respiratory physiotherapy 2) Meta-analyses, systematic reviews, scoping reviews, randomised controlled trials and observational studies. Methods A literature search was developed and refined through testing. Nine databases were searched between 01/01/2014 and 31/10/2022. Data regarding study design, population, intervention, comparator and control were extracted into a data extraction table. Results were grouped by study design, intervention or context. Results 141 sources were retrieved from the searches. After initial screening 27 sources were included and after full-text review, 25 were included. Sources included: meta-analyses and systematic review and studies considering pre-registration education, interprofessional learning, part-task trainers and postgraduate education. Conclusion There is increasing research output in the simulation-based education field for respiratory physiotherapy. The evidence continues to focus on learner experience. More resources and support are required to increase access to simulation-based education for respiratory physiotherapists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-51
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of ACPRC
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2024

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  • Simulation based education
  • Part task trainer
  • Pre-registration education
  • Post graduate education
  • Interprofessional learning


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