Paramedic students’ confidence and satisfaction with clinical simulations of an emergency medical care programme in South Africa: a cross-sectional study

Sandy, Peter Thomas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5164-0038, Meyer, John T., Oduniyi, Oluwaseun S. and Mavhandu-Madzusi, Azwihangwisi H. (2021) Paramedic students’ confidence and satisfaction with clinical simulations of an emergency medical care programme in South Africa: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Interdisciplinary Health Science (Health SA Gesondheid), 26. ISSN 1025-9848

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Abstract

Background: There has been an increase in the use of clinical simulations as instructional tools in healthcare education. This is because of their role in ensuring patients’ safety and quality-care provision.

Aim: This study investigated the paramedic students’ satisfaction and self-confidence in the clinical simulation of an emergency medical care programme.

Setting: The study was conducted at the Durban University of Technology in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The paramedic students’ satisfaction and self-confidence in the clinical simulation of an emergency medical care programme were the focus of the study.

Methods: The study used a cross-sectional research design. A convenience sampling method was used to select the 83-paramedic students who participated in the study. Data were collected between July and September 2017 using a structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages and Spearman’s rank-order correlation coefficient) and an inferential test, ordinal logistic regression analysis, were used for data analysis.

Results: High levels of paramedic students’ satisfaction and self-confidence in simulation activities were reported. Generally, the paramedic students’ demographics were associated with the satisfaction and self-confidence variables with p-values ≤ 0.04. Emergency medical care training undertaken by the paramedic students was significantly associated with self-confidence (p = 0.00).

Conclusion: Clinical simulation can bridge the theory-practice gap for paramedic students. It is a hands-on approach that promotes students learning of clinical skills through reflection.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2021. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. How to cite this article: Sandy, P.T., Meyer, J.T., Oduniyi, O.S. & Mavhandu-Mudzusi, A.H., 2021, ‘Paramedic students’ confidence and satisfaction with clinical simulations of an emergency medical care programme in South Africa: A cross-sectional study’, Health SA Gesondheid 26(0), a1522. https://doi.org/10.4102/ hsag.v26i0.1522
Keywords: clinical simulation; emergency medical care; paramedic; satisfaction; self-confidence
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Clinical care
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Depositing User: Peter Thomas Sandy
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 15:44
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9231

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