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Date:3/13/2014

part of the research, they had to recruit actual health care practitioners to provide feedback about positive and negative workplace communications experiences. Xiao said participation by Baylor nurses and physicians was key to that step and hailed the Baylor team as "some of the most insightful communicators for patient safety and optimal patient experience."

Louann Cole, the health services researcher at Baylor who served as the study's project manager, added: "I cannot stress the importance of our Baylor physicians and nurses and the important role they had in this game. They were so candid. It was a wonderful experience."

After the game was built, the team began evaluating doctors' and nurses' knowledge on effective communication strategies, inviting them to play the game in the role of doctor and the role of nurse, and then evaluating participants afterward to see if the game helped their knowledge. That data gathering is ongoing.

Organizers of the contest at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, which was held in January, compiled a field of sophisticated competition entries that combined teaching and gaming technology. Zielke said the contest judges' recognition is deeply appreciated.

"The overall track record we have with our game-based simulations and the international recognition we are receiving is very gratifying, particularly when the subject matter is as challenging as it is in GLIMPSE," Zielke said. "As always, we owe our continuing success to the project team and the great faculty, staff, and students involved in these important research projects. The encouragement and support we get from our administration is also critical."


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Contact: Traci Peterson
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University of Texas at Arlington
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