Dental simulation training

Case study
Case study type
Using data to support students training for procedure-based healthcare

Early assessment with a virtual reality haptic simulator predicts performance in clinical practice (Al-Saud et al., 2019)

When students are preparing to go into procedure-based healthcare professions, it is important to be able to test their sensorimotor ability as well as their intellectual ability before they undertake clinical training. But effective methods for this type of testing is currently lagging behind.

This retrospective cohort study of dental students demonstrates there is a relationship between their haptic (touch-based) VR simulator performance and their subsequent clinical performance. This opens up the possibility of using data to identify students requiring support in early-stage training.

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