The use of instructional design guidelines to increase effectiveness of postpartum hemorrhage simulation training

Brena C. P. de Melo*, Ana R. Falbo, Arno M. M. Muijtjens, Cees P. M. van der Vleuten, Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer

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Objective: To compare learning outcomes of postpartum hemorrhage simulation training based on either instructional design guidelines or best practice.

Methods: A pretest-post-test non-equivalent groups study was conducted among obstetrics and gynecology residents in Recife, Brazil, from June 8 to August 30, 2013. The instructional design group included 13 teams, whereas the best practice group included seven teams. A standardized task checklist was used for scenario analysis and the proportion of correctly executed tasks compared (post-test minus pretest).

Results: The instructional design group scored higher than the best practice group for total number of tasks completed (median difference 0.46 vs 0.17; P

Conclusion: The use of simulation training for postpartum hemorrhage that was based on instructional design guidelines yielded be er learning outcomes than did training based on best practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-105
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • Education
  • Instructional design
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Simulation training
  • Situational awareness
  • Training

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