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. Virtual patients: an effective educational intervention to improve paediatric basic specialist trainee education in the management of suspected child abuse?

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McEvoy, M and Butler, B and MacCarrick, G and Nicholson, A, . Virtual patients: an effective educational intervention to improve paediatric basic specialist trainee education in the management of suspected child abuse?, Irish Journal of Medical Sciences, 104, (8) pp. 250-252. ISSN 0021-1265 (2014) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

Child abuse is a particularly difficult subject to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Most doctors are dissatisfied with their training in child abuse recognition and management. We developed an interactive video based Virtual Patient to provide formal training for paediatric Basic Specialist Trainees in the recognition of suspected child abuse. The Virtual Patient case revolves around the management of suspected physical abuse in a seven month old child, who initially presents to the Emergency Department with viral upper respiratory tract symptoms. This Virtual Patient was used to facilitate a case discussion with Basic Specialist Trainees. A questionnaire was developed to determine their perception of the value of the Virtual Patient as an educational tool. Twenty five Basic Specialist Trainees completed the questionnaire. Upon completion of the case, 23/25 (92%) participants reported greater self confidence in their ability to recognize cases of suspected child abuse and 24/25 (96%) of participants reported greater self confidence in their ability to report cases of suspected child abuse. Basic Specialist Trainees perceived the Virtual Patient to be a useful educational tool. Virtual Patients may have a role to play in enhancing postgraduate training in the recognition of suspected child abuse.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health and Community Services
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
Author:MacCarrick, G (Professor Geraldine MacCarrick)
ID Code:96937
Year Published:2014 (online first 2011)
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-26
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