Spoonful of sugar: a case for stress-reduction interventions in medical simulation

Aaron Vage*, Andrew D. Spence, Paul K. Hamilton, Gerard J. Gormley

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In recent years simulation has gained popularity as an educational tool to shield learners from real-world consequence. However, the inherent risks levied upon those involved have largely remained unaddressed; psychological stress being one of the most potent. Research over the last two decades has shown us that an increase in simulation-related stress goes hand-in-hand with diminishing performance. It is, however, becoming more apparent that there is a solution to this problem, namely in the form of stress-reduction interventions. As educators the time has come to stop abandoning our learners at the edge of their limits, but instead support them in an environment free of the anxieties, stresses and worries that are all too real in the world around them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-43
JournalInternational Journal of Healthcare Simulation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2022


  • Psychological stress
  • Performance
  • Education


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