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The role of multimedia in surgical skills training and assessment.

Shariff, Umar and Seretis, Charalampos and Lee, Doreen and Balasubramanian, Saba P (2016) The role of multimedia in surgical skills training and assessment. The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland, 14 (3). pp. 150-63. ISSN 1479-666X. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Multimedia is an educational resource that can be used to supplement surgical skills training. The aim of this review was to determine the role of multimedia in surgical training and assessment by performing a systematic review of the literature.

METHODS

A systematic review for published articles was conducted on the following databases: PubMed/MEDLINE (1992 to November 2014), SCOPUS (1992 to November 2014) and EMBASE (1992 to November 2014). For each study the educational content, study design, surgical skill assessed and outcomes were recorded. A standard data extraction form was created to ensure systematic retrieval of relevant information.

RESULTS

21 studies were included; 14 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and 7 non-randomized controlled trials (Non-RCTs). Technical skills were assessed in 7 RCTs and 3 non-RCTs; cognitive skills were assessed in 9 RCTs and 4 non-RCTs. In controlled studies, multimedia was associated with significant improvement in technical skills (4 studies; 4 RCTs) and cognitive skills (7 studies; 6 RCTs). In two studies multimedia was inferior in comparison to conventional teaching. Evaluation of multimedia (9 studies) demonstrated strongly favourable results.

CONCLUSIONS

This review suggests that multimedia effectively facilitates both technical and cognitive skills acquisition and is well accepted as an educational resource.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.
Subjects: WO Surgery
Divisions: Planned IP Care > General Surgery
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Depositing User: Miss Adele Creak
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 13:40
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 13:40
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1260

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