Mobile healthcare simulation units: A narrative review

Document Type



Centre for Innovation in Medical Education


For healthcare professionals working and living in geographical isolation, there are few opportunities to maintain skills and knowledge, and to update themselves with recent advances in care compared to their citydwelling peers. It is known that within a short period and limited practice, clinical skills erode. A mobile healthcare simulation unit provides high-quality, technologicallyenhanced, convenient, and affordable training for healthcare professionals under expert supervision in any remote setting. The current narrative review was planned to summarise the outcomes and challenges related to developing and effectively utilising mobile healthcare simulation units as experienced globally. A literature search was performed on PubMed, Google Scholar and Cochrane databases for relevant articles published between 2000 and 2020, which resulted in 18 articles that were shortlisted and three major themes. The identification of common strengths, weaknesses and challenges will be a starting point for those engaged in planning and operating such a centre in any location

Publication (Name of Journal)

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association