Designing and conducting simulation-based research

Adam Cheng, Marc Auerbach, Elizabeth A. Hunt, Todd P. Chang, Martin Pusic, Vinay Nadkarni, David Kessler

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As simulation is increasingly used to study questions pertaining to pediatrics, it is important that investigators use rigorous methods to conduct their research. In this article, we discuss several important aspects of conducting simulation-based research in pediatrics. First, we describe, from a pediatric perspective, the 2 main types of simulation-based research: (1) studies that assess the efficacy of simulation as a training methodology and (2) studies where simulation is used as an investigative methodology. We provide a framework to help structure research questions for each type of research and describe illustrative examples of published research in pediatrics using these 2 frameworks. Second, we highlight the benefits of simulation-based research and how these apply to pediatrics. Third, we describe simulation-specific confounding variables that serve as threats to the internal validity of simulation studies and offer strategies to mitigate these confounders. Finally, we discuss the various types of outcome measures available for simulation research and offer a list of validated pediatric assessment tools that can be used in future simulation-based studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1091-1101
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014


  • Education
  • Pediatric
  • Research
  • Simulation
  • Study design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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