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A theoretical framework could be elucidated as a structure that can support a theory for a research topic. It describes and introduces the theory by explaining the reasons for the existing research problem (Bauman, 2013). It follows that there is need to develop a theoretical framework for the upcoming research problem. What is the research problem under discussion? The tutelage of health care experts “has not kept pace” with the problem started by the swift demographic revolution, new diseases, variations in the health care delivery system, and changes in technology. These calls for the application of computerized simulations that will help students and practitioners remain proficient in topical procedures devoid of endangering patient safety. This paper develops a theoretical framework for the research topic under discussion by focusing on the ethical considerations and the framework for simulation. Ethical Considerations To begin with, simulation is a technique used to amplify and replace real practices with guided skills that replicate or evoke elements of the real world in an interactive style. Several ethical considerations can help in using computerized simulation. First is the principle of justice, which is the appropriate treatment regarding what is owed or due to persons. This is because the principle of justice requires educators to inquire whether iniquity in social justice could be minimized through simulation (Jeffries, n.d). Secondly, the principle of autonomy has to be addressed when using simulation as an evaluating, learning, and teaching strategy. This owes to the reality that the principle of autonomy results in better-educated students (with a more humanistic attitude towards patients). Next is the principl... ... middle of paper ... ...ework for the research topic under discussion by focusing on the ethical considerations and the simulation framework. It sufficed to mention that there are six main principles under the ethical considerations for the research problem. These are the principles of justice, autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, and compassion. All these principles have to be considered when designing a theoretical framework of a simulation study. The theoretical framework includes conceptual components such as participant factors, facilitators’ factors, educational practices, expected student outcomes, and simulation design characteristics. All these components have instruments that could be used to measure the different variables. For instance, The Student Perception of Effective Teaching in Clinical Simulation is used to measure both the extent and importance of variables.
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