Healthcare Simulation Dictionary
AHRQ's Healthcare Simulation Dictionary, Second Edition (2.1) (PDF, 2 MB), includes 170 definitions of healthcare simulation terms ranging from “avatars” and “manikins” to “gamification” and “virtual reality.” The definitions, developed by international simulation experts, standardize the growing list of simulation terms in this rapidly expanding field.
AHRQ partnered with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and its international affiliates to develop the dictionary to enhance communication and clarity for healthcare simulationists in teaching, education, assessment, and research.
Simulation in healthcare creates a safe learning environment for researchers and practitioners to test new clinical processes and enhance individual and team skills in a given technique or procedure before touching patients, thereby also enhancing patient safety. Some examples of this simulation work include inserting ultrasound-guided central venous catheters, diagnosing skin cancer, identifying sepsis, and measuring laparoscopic skills in surgeons.
AHRQ has funded simulation research since 2006 as part of its patient safety mission. This research has expanded the knowledge about how to use simulation to make care safer in a variety of clinical settings.
Lori Lioce DNP, FNP-BC, CHSE-A, CHSOS, FAANP is editor of the second edition.
Joseph Lopreiato MD, MPH, CHSE-A, FAAP edited the first edition of the Dictionary, which to date, has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Italian, Russian, and Spanish by volunteer translators.