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30.06.2018 | Original Article | Ausgabe 3/2019 Open Access

Journal of Public Health 3/2019

Validation of behavioral simulations: a case study on enhancing collaboration between partnership organizations

Journal of Public Health > Ausgabe 3/2019
Daniel Cohen, Ivo Vlaev, Axel Heitmueller, Greg Parston, Kelly Ann Schmidtke, Ara Darzi
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The online version of this article (https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s10389-018-0948-y) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.



The current article provides a detailed account of a behavioral simulation called Lateral Play. Lateral Play aimed to enhance collaborations and optimize shared decision-making across organizations within a newly formed partnership. The current article aims to enhance appreciation of the behavioral simulation methodology and encourage its use.

Subjects and Methods

Health service leaders from different organizations within a newly formed partnership gathered in the simulated community and took up roles similar to their real-life positions. The simulation presented participants with problems and opportunities similar to those that they would experience in real life, such as the need to consolidate services and create new care pathways. To evaluate Lateral Play’s effectiveness, self-reported and observational data were collected. These data include information about participants’ reactions, learning and behavior, and the newly formed partnership’s organizational results.


Lateral Play allowed health leaders to better understand how they could enhance collaborations and optimize shared decision-making across their newly formed partnership. The data suggest that simulations can promote effective collaborations.


Use of behavioral simulations should be encouraged to promote policy awareness and understanding, refine implementation strategies and improve outcomes in newly formed partnerships.

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