Glob J Emerg Med | Volume 1, Issue 1 | Review Article | Open Access

Does Culture Eat Strategy in Debriefing? Which One Wins?

Fatimah Lateef*

Department of Emergency Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

*Correspondance to: Fatimah Lateef 

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Debriefing is an essential component of simulation-based learning. It helps to consolidate knowledge as well as skills by utilizing reflective practice. In non- western cultures (eg. eastern or Asian cultures) there are a variety of reasons why debriefing needs to be conducted in a customized and perhaps modified way. Rigid models of debriefing may not work in eastern cultures. With globalization, the healthcare scene will continue to evolve and so will the methodologies of teaching and learning. Both staff and patients from different regions, countries and culture will be more likely to cross paths and work or interact with one another. As such, cross cultural understanding and training becomes important and, so does sensitivity, respect and open-mindedness. This paper discusses what some of the observed cultural differences between the ‘west and east’ are and puts forth suggestions for debriefing facilitators to be aware of. Indeed, ‘culture need not eat strategy’, yet the two can work hand in hand synergistically, and perhaps reinforce each other.


Culture; Debriefing; Simulation-based learning; Western; Eastern


Lateef F. Does Culture Eat Strategy in Debriefing? Which One Wins? Glob J Emerg Med. 2017; 1(1): 1001.

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