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Current concepts in mannequin-based simulation assessment 

Current concepts in mannequin-based simulation assessment
Current concepts in mannequin-based simulation assessment

Leonie M Watterson

and Jennifer M Weller

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date: 18 May 2021

Mannequin-based simulation assessment (MSA) has potential uses in certification, remediation, research, programme evaluation, and quality assurance. MSA’s can manipulate contextual elements in case scenarios, providing a useful addition to traditional assessment methods. The design and delivery of contextually appropriate scenarios of known complexity is critical to ensure assessments are valid and these should be guided by assessment blueprints which should include assessment of non-technical skills including teamwork and systems safety. An assessment’s blueprint should be individualized and guided by its purpose and consequences. Psychometric specifications aimed to achieve reproducibility should be balanced accordingly with instructional design features aimed at achieving high validity, educational impact, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness. The test should include a broad sample of a clinician’s normal tasks if the results are to be considered reliable and generalizable. Triangulation with other sources of data may offset sampling requirements and improve feasibility and cost.

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