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Table 1 Similarities and differences between traditional introductory placements and the simulation-based introductory placement

From: The influence of a full-time, immersive simulation-based clinical placement on physiotherapy student confidence during the transition to clinical practice

  Traditional placement Simulation-based placement
Time frame 18 days, 7.5 h/day 18 days, 7.5 h/day
Supervision model Variable—1:2 to 1:6 1:4
Total number of cases seen Variable 25 (8 or 9 per core area); all students see the same cases
Practice area One area, variable 3 areas (cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological) for all students
Acuity of cases seen Variable, depending on placement setting and area of practice; unpredictable within each placement Planned according to stage of learning
Pathologies seen Variable according to placement; unpredictable within each placement Planned according to stage of learning
Patient feedback Variable—none specifically sought Planned so that all students received feedback on professionalism and communication from professional actors