Background: The use of human patient simulators (HPSs) has not been studied extensively in UK pharmacy undergraduate curriculums. Aims: To research the validity of incorporating simulation into the UK MPharm and to appraise its ability to enhance the learning process in critical care teaching. Method: A controlled, small-group, pilot study of critical care teaching of drug overdose situations was carried out using a HPS, with UK undergraduate pharmacy students at Stage 3 of their 4-year undergraduate course. Results: HPS sessions involving digoxin and morphine improved both immediate and medium-term knowledge in most cases; improvements were not appreciably different from a conventional tutorial method. Students appeared to derive greater benefit from more than one session, probably due to increasing familiarity with the HPS and associated environment. Feedback was markedly enthusiastic for this new way of teaching. Conclusion: HPS teaching to pharmacy undergraduates is worth investigating further.
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|Published - 2011