Expansion of pharmacists' scope of practice creates a need to optimize learning within continuing professional development (CPD) that can simultaneously promote mindfulness and enhance clinical decision-making. An educational board game embracing the principles of situated learning was developed with the purpose of promoting clinical reasoning skills and mindfulness.
Iter Vitae was used in a national pharmacy meeting CPD session. An evaluation was conducted by a voluntary survey to gather perceptions of game-based instruction.
Ninety of 115 session-attendees completed the anonymous survey. Participants strongly agreed that Iter Vitae is an effective learning tool of appropriate complexity for CPD sessions. Participant perceptions suggest that playing Iter Vitae may enhance clinical knowledge, foster critical thinking, and influence provider empathy. Open-ended responses revealed appreciation of collaborative learning within authentic case scenarios.
This game-based CPD session gave participants an opportunity to develop elements of mindful practice embedded within authentic case scenarios. Further research on game-based instruction is needed to determine its effects on knowledge and skill acquisition, retention, and impact on clinical practice.