Using high-fidelity simulation to teach neurological emergency and neurocritical care skills: A systematic review of the literature
This article analyzes the current available literature on high-fidelity simulation as an educational tool in teaching acute neurology and neurocritical care skills to trainees. Twenty-five studies were found to be published in peer-reviewed journals. While every study had a common target of educating learners on appropriate acute neurology evaluation, diagnosis, and management, there exists significant heterogeneity in the chosen topics, implemented procedures, and assessments of learner outcomes. Overall findings suggest that there is considerably significant evidence for the effectiveness and utility of simulation-based education when it comes to the teaching of acute and critical neurological emergencies to trainees and even practicing providers. Existing literature is summarized, current trends are discussed, and recommendations for areas of future research are included.