The development of immersive virtual reality scenarios for increasing emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-efficacy in healthcare education.
As there is a continued need to improve healthcare outcomes and enhance patient experiences, healthcare educators need to consider using alternative pedagogies when teaching future healthcare providers to improve understanding of patient perspectives. Simulation has been at the forefront of this call. E-simulation is an emerging technology and includes virtual reality and computer based experiences for training. The purpose of this project would be to develop an innovative educational approach to increase the learner’s emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-efficacy using immersive virtual reality media. The anticipated goal is to develop cost effective simulation experiences for use with smartphones and Google cardboard that provide rich, standardized experiences to learners using immersive e-simulations that can be widely disseminated.