Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Symposium #214A
CE Offered: BACB
Exploring the Technical Feasibility of Virtual Reality and Eye-Tracking in Interprofessional Healthcare Education for Medical and Nursing Students
Sunday, May 26, 2019
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Swissôtel, Event Center Second Floor, Vevey 3/4
Area: CBM/OBM; Domain: Translational
Chair: Alison Szarko (University of Nevada, Reno)
Discussant: Laura Crosswell (Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno)
CE Instructor: Steven Anbro, M.S.

Medical error is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. The majority of these preventable events are attributed to miscommunication among healthcare teams. Medical students and nursing students currently receive healthcare communication trainings in a siloed fashion and are often taught differing ways to communicate the same information. Interprofessional trainings that bring medical professionals together early in their education may reduce the prevalence of miscommunication once students enter their respective clinical fields. TeamSTEPPS is a promising communication training package that has been developed to decrease medical errors related to miscommunication. However, methods for assessing the effectiveness of TeamSTEPPS are lacking in their precision and often depend on indirect, self-report measures. This symposium will provide an overview of the TeamSTEPPS model and will present data on the technical feasibility of virtual reality and eye-tracking as assessment tools for more precisely measuring the impact of a TeamSTEPPS training package.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): communication training, eye tracking, medical education, virtual reality
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts working in Healthcare and Medicine; Behavior Analysts working with Virtual Reality




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