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Table 5 Results of thematic analysis and illustrative quotes regarding the most and least effective aspects of the simulation-based learning

From: Simulated patient contributions to enhancing exercise physiology student clinical assessment skills

ThemeParticipant quotes
(1) Experiential nature of simulation positively impacts learning“Just being able to go through the process of subjective assessment and put the techniques of listening to practice.” (participant 10)
“Being able to work with a patient in a simulated setting and to see how well I can communicate” (participant 11)
(2) Debriefing is a valuable component of the simulation-based learning“Feedback was helpful” (participant 4)
“Getting feedback from the actor could be beneficial.” (participant 6)
(3) Simulation-based learning is useful for developing interpersonal and communication skills“Helped to improve my interpersonal skills, as well as aiding to build a better rapport with the patient.” (participant 6)
“Developing communication skills and note taking ability” (participant 12)
(4) Simulation-based learning is useful for developing history taking“If anything, trying not to miss any particular parts of the interview was probably the most crucial part, for me.” (participant 2)
“… practicing the questions asked during an interview” (participant 7)
(5) The realism achieved in the simulation-based learning environment enhances learning“Being able to observe what a real life situation would be like…” (participant 4)
“The realistic feel” (participant 13)
(6) Changes to the timing and structure would improve the activity“The briefing phase of the activity was probably the part that did not impact on the activity. I feel that could be done prior to the task, at home for instance.” (participant 2)
“Somewhat repetitive and observers are somewhat under-utilised” (participant 13)