Observational Methods in Simulation Research

  • Birgitte BruunEmail author
  • Peter Dieckmann


Observational data collection, analysis, and interpretation for research in and with simulation research entails choices regarding strategy, techniques and tools that should be made in the same process as the formulation of the research question and the development of concepts that will guide the study. Depending on the research question and purpose, observational data collection may be combined with other research methods. Analysis of observational data may draw from different research traditions with implications for interpretation. Ethical considerations should be on-going from conceptualising a research project to writing up the results.


Observation Strategy Techniques Tools Concept work Post-positivism Constructionism Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES)Capital Region of Denmark, Center for Human ResourcesCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Clinical MedicineUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Quality and Health TechnologyUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway

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