Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Simulation to Teach Patient Transfers: The Role of Self-Efficacy

Baird, Joanne / M (2011) Simulation to Teach Patient Transfers: The Role of Self-Efficacy. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (1MB) | Preview


Transferring patients is a complex activity that can result in injury to the patient and healthcare professional. There is currently no widespread standard method to teach therapy students patient transfer skills. Simulation is one method to educate students to safely transfer patients, however, research examining the use of simulation to teach and evaluate patient transfer skills is limited. For this study we developed acute care scenarios with embedded critical events to teach transfer skills to occupational therapy students in the context of a medical theatre and with the use of a simulator, SimMan®. Scenarios mimicked common situations encountered when treating a medically complex patient. These situations included management of respiratory equipment, management of external lines, drains and tubes, and management of medical instability during the patient encounter. Performance assessment forms for each scenario provided objective criteria to assess student learning and performance. Using cognitive learning theory, the relationship between active participation and active observation was examined. Knowledge, skill, and safety self-efficacy data were collected. Over time, students with a combination of observation and participation experiences reported no difference in self-efficacy ratings when compared to students with participation experiences only. However, after the second exposure to SimMan®, skills self-efficacy ratings were greater for students who actively participated twice and observed once. Self-efficacy ratings after transfer experiences were not predictive of future performance of transfer tasks. Self-efficacy declined between the classroom and the medical theatre, and increased with repeated exposures to SimMan® scenarios. Ratings for knowledge and skills self-efficacy were closely related to each other over time and across classroom, simulation center and clinical environments. In contrast, safety self-efficacy ratings were more closely associated with environmental changes.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Baird, Joanne / Mjbaird1@pitt.eduJBAIRD1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHolm, Margo/Bmbholm@pitt.eduMBHOLM
Committee MemberRogers, Joan/Cjcr@pitt.eduJCR
Committee MemberRaina, Ketki /Dkraina@pitt.eduKRAINA
Committee MemberO'Donnell, Johnjod01@pitt.eduJOD01
Date: 19 December 2011
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 17 November 2011
Approval Date: 19 December 2011
Submission Date: 8 December 2011
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 155
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-efficacy, Patient Transfers, Critical Event, Patient Handling, Simulation, Clinical Reasoning
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 20:42
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 06:15


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item