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Enhancing communication confidence and competence: using simulation-based education in perinatal palliative care
  1. Michael J Tatterton1,2,
  2. Victoria Whaley1
  1. 1School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK
  2. 2Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, North Anston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael J Tatterton, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK; m.tatterton{at}

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Commentary on: Chen HW, Cheng SF, Hsiung Y, et al. Training perinatal nurses in palliative communication by using scenario-based simulation: A quasi-experimental study. Nurse Educ Pract. 2024. 75:103885. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2024.103885

Implications for practice and research

  • Scenario-based simulation (SBS) is an effective method of enhancing the confidence and competence of nurses supporting families who require perinatal palliative care.

  • Further research should focus on the durability of skills acquired through SBS as well as exploring the impact of SBS on a more diverse sample.


Communication is a cornerstone of nursing practice and fundamental to establishing and maintaining relationships with individuals and their families. Nurses involved in the provision of perinatal palliative care work with women, babies and their families, during pregnancy, delivery and in the neonatal period. Effective therapeutic relationships with women and families empower parents, providing control and validation,1 enabling positive parental experiences, through effective communication and empathy.

Studies suggest education focusing on communication skills, particularly …

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  • Competing interests Michael is an editor of Evidence-Based Nursing.

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