Occupational therapy students' perceived value of simulated learning experiences
AIMS: The purpose of this quantitative pilot study was to examine occupational therapy students’ perceived value of a
simulated learning experience and to identify various compo- nents of simulation that were valued.
enrolled in an occupational therapy evaluation and interven- tion for the adult population course participated in a simu- lated experience using a standardized patient as part of
course expectations. Participants completed an 18-item ques- tionnaire following the simulation.
RESULTS: Students per- ceived simulated learning as a positive experience. The com- ponents identified as positive included feedback from the
instructor, professional attire, consistent role of the standard- ized patient, and group debriefing after the simulation.
CONCLUSION: Occupational therapy students perceived interac- tion with standardized patients as valuable. Further research
is needed to analyze effectiveness of simulation in preparing occupational therapy and other healthcare students for actual clinical experience.