2023-2024 / SIMU0004-1

Research and ethics in simulation


6h Th, 4h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)2 crédits 
 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (new programme)2 crédits 


Alexandre Ghuysen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is divided into 2 main parts.
Part 1: Research
Several journals highlight methodological weaknesses in health simulation research. The causes are numerous and not limiting: low number of subjects included, insufficient statistical power, great variability of the tests used for the evaluation, etc. The Cochrane review, published in 2009 (Gurusamy et al., 2009), containing randomized controlled studies on the effectiveness of surgical simulation methods, concluded that there was a need for greater methodological rigor in the work undertaken. Many questions remain to be investigated with regard to the pedagogical interest of health simulation as well as the pedagogical processes involved. In this framework, this part of the course aims to show students the evidence-based simulation, by reading and presenting some founding or recent articles in this field.

Part 2: Ethics
Readings, leading to an ethical reflection directly related to the difficulties encountered in the professional practice of the 'critical patient' purpose.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Part 1: Research This section aims to familiarize the student with evidence-based simulation data and to develop his / her critical thinking with regard to the literature in this field.
Part 2: Ethics At the end of this learning activity, you will be able to:
* Identify recurring ethical issues in your usual workplaces; * Consider the various angles of view that illuminate a complex situation; * To build and update your professional knowledge regarding these different angles of view.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Prerequisite or corequisite courses are presented in each program.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Alternating between theoretical lessons, lectures, debates, oral presentation and written work.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Presence required.

Recommended or required readings

Part 1: Research Oral presentation by group of two students based on 2 articles: description of the articles content and critical analysis.

Part 2: Ethics Individual written work 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Course notes and articles to be read are distributed in session and / or available in electronic format.


Contact persons are Alexandre Ghuysen (A.Ghuysen@uliege.be) and Nadège Dubois (nadege.dubois@chuliege.be).

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