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Reporting Inquiry in Simulation

Kardong-Edgren, Suzie PhD, RN, ANEF; Gaba, David MD; Dieckmann, Peter PhD; Cook, David A. MD, MHPE

Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare: August 2011 - Volume 6 - Issue 7 - p S63-S66
doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e318228610a
Research Summit Article

The term “inquiry” covers the large spectrum of what people are currently doing in the nascent field of simulation. This monograph proposes appropriate means of dissemination for the many different levels of inquiry that may arise from the Summit or other sources of inspiration. We discuss various methods of inquiry and where they might fit in the hierarchy of reporting and dissemination. We provide guidance for deciding whether an inquiry has reached the level of development required for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and conclude with a discussion of what most journals view as inquiry acceptable for publication.

From the Washington State University (S.K.-E.), College of Nursing, Spokane, WA; Stanford University School of Medicine (D.G.), Stanford, CA; Patient Simulation Center of Innovation (D.G.), VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA; Danish Institute for Medical Simulation (DIMS) (P.D.), Herlev Hospital, Capital Region of Denmark; and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (D.A.C.), Rochester, MN.

Reprints: Suzie Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, Washington State University, College of Nursing, 103 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210-1495 (e-mail:

Suzie Kardong-Edgren receives research funding from Laerdal Medical Corporation and a stipend from Elsevier as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing. David Gaba receives a stipend from Society for Simulation in Healthcare as the Editor in Chief of Simulation in Healthcare. Peter Dieckmann is the leader of the EuSim Group, which provides an instructor course, DIMS, the institution in which he works has a collaboration agreement with Laerdal. David Cook has no conflicts to declare.

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