Simulation for Rural Communities

  • Linda L. Brown
  • Ralph James MacKinnon
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Simulation can be an invaluable tool for educating healthcare providers. Often, simulation resources and experienced personnel are concentrated around large academic institutions in urban locations. Access to this educational methodology can therefore be limited for healthcare providers who work in rural communities, where the majority of children who live in those areas will seek medical attention. Emergencies involving infants and children are often low-frequency events in this setting, and institutions and providers could therefore benefit from simulation as a means to acquire and maintain competencies, practice teamwork and communication in interprofessional teams, and assess the systems and processes involved in caring for these patients. This chapter will focus on a review of the aspects of simulation that can respond to these needs, as well as suggestions on how to overcome potential challenges to the use of simulation in this unique healthcare environment.


Checklists Cognitive aids Competency-based education Critical access hospital Curriculum development Debriefing Facilitation Gaming In situ simulation Instructional design Interprofessional education Latent safety threats Low resource settings Mannequin-based simulation Mobile simulation Online education Pediatric Procedural training Resilience Rural communities Serious gaming Simulation-based education Systems of care Task trainers Tele-simulation Web-based education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics and Emergency MedicineAlpert Medical School of Brown University, Hasbro Children’s HospitalProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Change, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia & Paediatric Intensive CareManchester Metropolitan University, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, North West & North Wales Paediatric Transport ServiceManchesterUK

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