Document Type (Journals)

Book Review


This paper is a review of Clinical Simulation for Health Care Professionals (Zapletal et al., 2022), which is designed to be a step-by-step manual for those interested in designing simulated learning experiences for students in health care fields and for clinicians who need to refresh or advance their skills to gain essential competencies for practice as a health care professional. Authors chose the Kern’s Model of Curriculum Development to serve as the theoretical framework for development of a simulated learning experience, which also lends itself to organization of the material in an easy-to-use resource. While the book is authored by occupational therapists, there is a wide range of professions represented in the examples provided (athletic training, occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, and physical therapy). This review describes the content of the book and provides a critical analysis of the text for utilization in academic occupational therapy settings as a resource for establishing a simulation experience component to occupational therapy programs. Simulation has been increasingly utilized in occupational therapy programs for a variety of reasons including enhancing preparation for clinical practice, providing low-risk learner centered clinical education, and as a method for meeting accreditation requirements for level I fieldwork.


Loriann Helgeson, OTD, OTR/L, CLA serves as the Chair of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Whitworth University in Spokane WA. She has been involved in developing a robust interprofessional education program with the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Programs at Whitworth University.

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