Prebriefing: A Principle-Based Concept Analysis

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      • Prebriefing is a complex concept that is not fully represented in the literature.
      • Prebriefing can establish psychological safety and increase learner engagement.
      • There is a need for a structured model of prebriefing.



      Prebriefing is a concept that continues to develop in the simulation literature; however, no clear framework exists for it.


      A principle-based concept analysis examined prebriefing to determine its maturity as a concept and develop a theoretical definition.


      The findings of the concept analysis were used to develop a phase-based theoretical definition of prebriefing that integrates the three domains of learning into three elements of prebriefing.


      Review of the prebriefing literature demonstrated considerable overlap of prebriefing and participant preparation and an opportunity for further research to clarify the elements and role of preparation and prebriefing in nursing simulation.


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