A report by Jordan Homes, Interim Director, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network, and Nancy McNaughton, Education Scholar, Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network, (UHN) for the AMEE Simulation committee.
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, in collaboration with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Centre for Brain and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto, Ontario Canada has been awarded a SPARK grant for their project on Virtual Reality Training for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia (PWD).
“The project aims to refine and scale a VR platform and simulation curriculum in order to maximize opportunities for effective education for caregivers of PWDs,” says Jordan Holmes, Interim Director, Centre for Learning, Innovation and Simulation (CLIS). “This VR platform will allow caregivers to practice behavioural strategies with a live simulated patient who reacts in real time, based on the caregivers’ responses.” says Aideen Carroll, Nurse Educator at UHN’s Centre for Mental Health.
Learners will be divided into two groups. One group will interact with a live simulated patient enacting an agitated person with dementia while the other group will interact with them through virtual reality. Afterward, the groups will debrief to compare their experiences and the methods of delivery.
This new platform will address the limits of face to face human simulation and add a new opportunities for empathy building.
This is the first grant that the Michener Institute of Education at UHN has successfully captured, with Dr. Nancy McNaughton, Education Scholar, as Primary Investigator with The Institute for Education Research (TIER) at UHN.