Simulation Training

Smarter Training for Smarter Trials
Pro-ficiency delivers a smarter way to train your study sites.

At Pro-ficiency, we use virtual, simulation-based methodologies that translate your protocol into practice. The result? A powerful tool to help you prevent study deviations instead of remediating them

Why Simulation?

Avoid the risks of traditional training methods

Traditional training methods such as lectures and presentations continue to dominate the clinical research space. They are comfortable, easy, and inexpensive. But, they only address knowledge and recall. Other industries with similarly high-risk outcomes, such as aviation, space exploration, and even medical training, choose the proven method simulation. Simulation lets learners practice techniques in a consequence-free environment, before engaging in critical activities.

Would you get on a plane with a pilot who had only read the flight manual but never practiced flying? We wouldn’t. But we are asking our sites to navigate complex protocols with patients without being able to experience and practice the most critical elements of that protocol, putting the study and subjects at unnecessary risk.

Post STudy Analysis –

Clinician Performance Using Simulation

In comparison with traditional training methods, an internal case study found simulation-based training improved user performance across all focus areas in one clinical study. Learners were asked to engage in a Pro-ficiency simulation immediately following an in-person training session. The ‘Primary IC (inclusion criteria)’ component of the protocol was heavily addressed in the session, but the Simulation metrics showed that learners still struggled with the content, which was able to be reinforced in the module until the learner illustrated comprehension. Without simulation, this study would have only known there was a problem with their primary inclusion criteria when deviations started rolling in.

A Simulation Experience with Pro-ficiency

During a simulation, learners are active participants making the types of critical decisions they will encounter when implementing your clinical trial. Through this practice, learners improve their understanding of the protocol and increase their retention of vital information. During the simulation training, learners are coached until they make the right decisions, so they are better prepared to handle these situations when they occur in real life. Because the training modules are offered online and easily translated, the simulation approach suits any study, anywhere, at any time.

As learners make decisions, our system tracks every decision. This generates robust behavior-based analytics which can pinpoint strong sites, site staff in need of additional training, and even protocol areas that are proving confusing to all sites. All of these metrics can be used to take proactive action. Action that can keep your study on track, eliminate deviations and better ensure patient safety.

Less Risk, Fewer Deviations, Better Outcomes

Pro-ficiency’s unique simulation approach delivers less risk, fewer deviations, and better outcomes for your study.

We’ve provided over 1 million simulation sessions since our inception in 2015, and 100% of our clients have used us in other programs after seeing the impact our approach has had in their clinical trials.

In a recent study of over 1,300 investigators, over 87% of study participants felt the training helped them avoid protocol deviations. 90% of them reported that our approach was a significant improvement over traditional online training methods.

Clinical research has the power to enable a brighter future for all of us. At Pro-ficiency, we want to be part of helping to create that future by providing advanced, proven, and more intelligent virtual simulation training that can protect our clinical trial subjects and improve the integrity of the study data by preventing protocol deviations from occurring.

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