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Role of cognitive simulation in healthcare 

Role of cognitive simulation in healthcare
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Role of cognitive simulation in healthcare
Author(s):

Usha Satish

, Satish Krishnamurthy

, and Mantosh Dewan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198717621.003.0031
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date: 05 May 2021

Healthcare providers are often challenged by VUCAD (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity and by problems with delayed feedback such as test results) when decisions have to be made. They need to respond optimally to complex challenges by processing information optimally, as well as processing factual content knowledge. Cognitive simulations provide a realistic replication of these complex environments and help assess and train the underlying process variables of medical decision-making. The Strategic Management Simulation (SMS) is a well-validated cognitive simulation used to train decision-makers in several parameters of thinking that are essential to functioning under conditions of VUCAD. These parameters include use of initiative, planning, strategy, multitasking, critical thinking, and developing a good overall perspective of situations. Cognitive simulations can be a highly effective way to evaluate decision-making and leadership skills in medicine, providing students and residents with insights into their own abilities and needs, and assisting faculty in reliably assessing competence in these areas.

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