Understanding the Impact of Acute Stressor During Simulation on Medical Students' Short and Long-Term Clinical Skills Retention
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CitationHasdianda, Mohammad Adrian. 2016. Understanding the Impact of Acute Stressor During Simulation on Medical Students' Short and Long-Term Clinical Skills Retention. Master's thesis, Harvard Medical School.
Acute stressors may be beneficial when embedded in simulation scenario to promote better skills retention. We aimed to establish the impact of acute stressors to medical students’ short-and long-term retention of intravenous catheterization skills.
Forty-five participants took part in the intravenous catheterization simulation using standardized patients in treatment (Stress) and control (Non-Stress) groups. Participants were asked to complete State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and assessed on their skills performance before, shortly after and twenty days after the simulation session. We continuously recorded participants’ heart rate during the simulation.
No significant difference and interaction were found between pre-simulation, short-term, and long-term skills performance scores for both groups F(2, 84) = 1.231, p = 0.297. Analysis of average and maximum heart rate as well as anxiety scores was not statistically different between groups.
Future study is needed to gain insight into sufficient amount of stressors needed to impact medical students’ skills retention.
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