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Exploring the Role of Mobile Mixed Reality in Facilitating Critical Thinking in Nursing and Healthcare Education

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Mobile mixed reality is becoming more accessible, but the benefits and design principles for fostering critical thinking have yet to be fully understood. The lack of nursing and healthcare clinical placements has necessitated the search for ways to augment authentic learning.

A systematic review was conducted to investigate how mobile mixed reality aids in the development of critical thinking in nursing and healthcare higher education. The review involved a search across seven databases, including MEDLINE, PsychINFO, AMED, ERIC, Scopus, Cochrane, and Web of Science. From the 3488 titles and abstracts examined, the quality of the included studies was assessed using the Mixed Methods Assessment Tool (MMAT).

The final analysis included 12 studies with a total of 1108 participants. The focus of these studies was restricted to five healthcare disciplines that used tailored scenarios on head-mounted displays. Most scenarios were related to emergency or critical response, with limited time for pre-briefing, debriefing, or overall user interaction.

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The Promise and Challenges of Mobile Mixed Reality in Healthcare Education for Critical Thinking

Only two of the studies directly measured critical thinking, while others made indirect references to diagnoses, interpretations, analyses, or evaluations of healthcare scenarios. Despite these limitations, the review identified potential benefits and design principles for the future development of mobile mixed reality for critical thinking in nursing and healthcare higher education.

In conclusion, while mobile mixed reality has certain instructional benefits in a limited number of healthcare disciplines, there is still a lack of valid measures of critical thinking to quantify effectiveness. Future research would benefit from considering scenarios beyond emergency and critical responses, conducting longitudinal studies reflecting the development of critical thinking over time, and exploring scenarios co-designed with and by nursing and healthcare students.

 

Original Article DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2023.106072

Original title: Exploring mobile mixed reality for critical thinking in nursing and healthcare education: A systematic review

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