Simulation training for family planning procedures

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Abstract

Purpose of review

To review the current evidence for use of simulation in family planning procedural training.

Recent findings

A variety of simulation models exist for abortion, contraception, and sterilization procedures, ranging from low to high fidelity. Most models for abortion and contraception are low fidelity, inexpensive, and provide opportunities for acquisition and practice of procedural skills. Hysteroscopic and laparoscopic simulation models for sterilization procedures are generally higher fidelity, and their use has been shown to increase knowledge, skill performance, and procedural comfort.

Summary

Existing evaluation of family planning simulation education shows consistently positive results related to improved procedural knowledge and comfort. Although some studies have shown increased provision of family planning services following simulation-training interventions, further evaluation is needed to determine the impact on clinical outcomes.

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