Title: Designing a virtual patient as an interprofessional enactment: lessons learnt from the process

Authors: Song-ee Ahn; Samuel Edelbring

Addresses: Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden ' School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, Fakultetsgatan 1, SE-701 82, Örebro, Sweden

Abstract: This study is based on observations of the design process of a virtual patient (VP), which aimed to facilitate interprofessional learning. By following the design process of this particular VP, this study aimed to trace how different practices and the knowledge within these practices were enacted as a VP and to understand the design team's difficulties and challenges. Drawing upon actor-network theory (ANT), the study demonstrates how technology and various practices in healthcare and education were enrolled to build the VP and the different translations that took place during the process. We discuss the results by reflecting on the intertwined relationship among the different enactments of a patient in the different professional practices, the enactment of pedagogical intentions and the role of technology in the design process.

Keywords: virtual patient design; enactment; simulation in healthcare; interprofessional learning; actor-network theory; ANT.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2020.112106

International Journal of Learning Technology, 2020 Vol.15 No.3, pp.204 - 218

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 22 Dec 2020 *

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