The ECHO Education Event (E3) was held on February 6th and 7th, 2020 at the SickKids Peter Gilgan Centre of Research and Learning. Twenty-eight healthcare professionals (HCPs) from across Ontario attended at no-cost and to learn about managing pain in children and youth. We partnered with the SickKids simulation team to offer interactive training on: 1) pain assessment, 2) interdisciplinary care team planning, and 3) procedural pain.
Paediatric Project ECHO will be presenting a poster on the impact of the simulation-based learning at the Children’s Healthcare Canada (CHC) Virtual Conference. Full details below.
Simulation-based learning mimics clinical practice, whilst providing a safe learning environment which is important for strengthening clinical skills. The ECHO Education Event incorporated simulation-based learning to enhance clinical skills of community HCPs. This study sought to evaluate the two-day ECHO E3 in terms of:
- Acceptability and satisfaction;
- Changes in healthcare provider knowledge and self-efficacy.
- Simulations were co-facilitated by simulation educators, with patients and caregivers represented by actors and a high-fidelity infant mannequin. Attendees participated in 15-minute scenarios followed by a 45-minute structured debrief.
- This prospective, mixed-methods study assessed performance-related outcomes. Surveys were administered in-person or via REDCap at baseline, immediately post-E3, and at 6-months. Surveys used 7-point Likert scales (quantitative data) and open-text fields (qualitative data). Follow-up surveys will be administered at 12-months. Additional qualitative data were collected post-E3 through an in-person focus group discussion.
- This study was approved by the local Research Ethics Board.
- E3 participants report moderate-to-high acceptability and satisfaction with simulation-based learning.
- Increases in knowledge and self-efficacy were observed post-E3 and at 6M.
- Project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health.
- Thank you to all Paediatric Project ECHO® participants!
1. Department of Anaesthesia and Pain, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON; 2. Department of Anaesthesia, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON; 3. Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON; 4. Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto, ON; 4. Lawrence S. Bloomberg, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, ON; 5. Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON