Virtual Reality Clinical Simulations: A Wilsonian Concept Analysis of an Emerging Phenomenon

This essay discusses the Wilsonian concept analysis of the term ‘virtual clinical simulation.' It follows the 11 steps of Wilson’s method of concept analysis consecutively. The first two steps including identifying and isolating questions of the concept. Thirdly, exemplars are identified and described. Afterwards, the analyst identifies contrary cases that exclude the essential characteristic of the concept. The fifth step discussed is the identification, description, and use of related cases in which the concept may be similar in one way or as the concept occurs in similar texts. Next, borderline cases are to included. Borderline cases have some aspects of the concept but possess obscurity about whether the case belongs to the concept or not. Otherwise, they are difficult to classify because they help further develop the concept. From here invented cases are developed and presented. Finally, the identification of social concepts are identified, followed by sentiments and underlying anxiety related to or generated by the concept. The essay concludes with a recommendation for a single term to be used to describe the phenomenon of virtual clinical simulation.


Tamara Jessica Brown

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