Building a Program of Research for Simulation in the United States Air Force Strategic Aeromedical Evacuation/Critical Care Air Transport Team System
Losekamp, Tiffany A.
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Little research exists to support simulation decisions in the United States Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) environment (O’Connell et al., 2013). Building a program of research to provide an evidence base for decision making and training regarding the use of simulation in the AE system is needed. The aims of this study were to (1) create a team of research and simulation experts, (2) develop a roadmap detailing and aligning use of simulation based on the needs and priorities of the AE and Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) communities, and (3) build partnerships based on the roadmap incorporating AE/CCATT medical expertise. Forming a team and devising a plan were the first steps in building a well-orchestrated program of research (McGaghie, Issenberg, Petrusa, & Scalese, 2010). The core team focused on bringing together exceptional AE/CCATT medical expertise and simulation instructional expertise. These capabilities are necessary to understand the needs of the AE/CCATT communities, as well as the vision for use of simulation in the AE/CCATT system. Once the team was assembled the roadmap provided a detailed plan aligning proposed simulation research with the identified needs and priorities of the customers. Once the program of research for simulation was finalized, collaborations and partnerships were developed based on the roadmap requirements. Developing a program of research in simulation AE/CCATT training has allowed a focused customer-driven approach to planning simulation research. This process ensures research efforts are efficient, effective, and fiscally responsible, offering an evidence base for decisions regarding training and fund allocation.