Topic 3 Implementation and Proposed Scenarios

  • In the next sections you will be given examples on how to practice health promotion in health communication.
  • Simulated role-play is a learning approach that is performed in groups. The aim is to improve skills in health promotion communication and use nutritional communication tools in consultations.
  • High fidelity simulation environments provide participants with the opportunity to generate, develop and enhance communication skills and confidence, without worrying about compromising patient safety. The simulated role plays also provide participants with the opportunity to practice and correct their mistakes in real time. 
  • From a cognitive skills perspective, simulation helps to improve critical thinking and clinical reasoning in complex care situations, using different techniques and recognized recommendations, and then aid the development of self-efficacy and confidence in clinical skills.
  • Simulation is an attempt to imitate reality and copy essential aspects of a practice close to the problem in the clinic Simulated role-play is a pedagogical method for practicing health professionals’ competence in incorporating theory into practice.
  • Participants in the simulated role play practice on how to adapt their guidance, communication and recommendations to the child’s and family’s preferences and needs in a given situation.

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  • In practice, a autonomous simulation group collaborates to implement the scenarios and divide the roles between them. The unique thing about simulated role playing is that you do not have a detailed case or script. However, the group should provide some preferred characteristics of the role for mother / father / child, for example, gender, age, social- economic conditions, attitudes, values etc. After a short round, the roles are swopped, and in this way, the participants in the simulation gain experience in both being a health professional and a ‘patient’.
  • Scenario 1. Parents experience having a picky child and ask for advice on how to get the child interested in vegetables and healthy food
  • Scenario 2. Parents experience that the child eats too little and worry whether the child gets enough calories
  • Scenario 3. Parents have a child who is about to be overweight and seek advice on how to deal with this
  • Scenario 4. Immigrant family is referred from primary healthcare because of problem with overweight and having a poor diet

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