Needs Assessment

  • Priscilla V. Loanzon
  • Susannah L. Kurtz
  • Joseph P. MathewEmail author
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Conducting a needs assessment of your learner is a critical step in curriculum development for effective mobile simulation programs. A general needs assessment must be conducted to identify the healthcare problem at hand and the relevant performance and practice gaps. Methods of needs assessments range from literature search, interviews, focus groups, and surveys to audits, tests, direct observations, and utilization of the Delphi process. A well-conducted needs assessment will guide the design of simulation curricula and will ensure that the mobile simulation program is in line with trainee, institutional, and societal needs.


Needs assessment Mobile simulation Simulation training Simulation-based education Curriculum development Medical education Nursing education Delphi technique Behavioral gaps 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Priscilla V. Loanzon
    • 1
  • Susannah L. Kurtz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joseph P. Mathew
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Mount Sinai West, Center for Advanced Medical SimulationNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep MedicineNew YorkUSA

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