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Measurement of surgical dexterity using motion analysis of simple bench tasks.
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PMID:  12658479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The possibility of using quantitative motion analysis for objective assessment of simple surgical dexterity is investigated using the Imperial College Surgical Assessment Device (ICSAD) with qualitative analysis undertaken by inspection. Bench-top knot tying and suturing skills were performed and examined for the ability to discriminate between surgeons of varying experience. These exercises were found to discriminate significantly between junior and senior surgeons in terms of both time taken and the number of movements required. The relation between time and motion was found to be variable depending on what skill was being undertaken: simple suturing, suturing at depth, or knot tying (1.71 vs. 1.86 vs. 2.36; p = 0.002 for 1 vs. 2; p < 0.001 for others). When the number of movements in a minute (standardized movements per minute) were considered, both groups were found to work at a similar rate, depending on the task, implying that the more experienced surgeon is more economical, performing the same exercise with fewer moves rather than with higher speed. Motion analysis exhibits face and construct validity and is a reliable assessment of simple surgical dexterity. Its use for objective assessment of dexterity and competence should be encouraged.
Simon D Bann; Mansoor S Khan; Ara W Darzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  World journal of surgery     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0364-2313     ISO Abbreviation:  World J Surg     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-26     Completed Date:  2003-09-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704052     Medline TA:  World J Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  390-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical Oncology and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, 10th Floor QEQM Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence
General Surgery / standards*
Suture Techniques*
Task Performance and Analysis*
Time Factors
Time and Motion Studies

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