Evaluation of a new virtual-reality training simulator for hysteroscopy
Michael Bajka, Stefan Tuchschmid, Matthias Streich, Daniel Fink,Gábor Székely and Matthias Harders
Surg Endosc DOI 10.1007/s00464-008-9927-7
To determine realism and training capacity of HystSim, a new virtual-reality simulator for the training of hysteroscopic interventions.
Sixty-two gynaecological surgeons with various levels of expertise were interviewed at the 13th Practical Course in Gynaecologic Endoscopy in Davos, Switzerland. All participants received a 20-min hands-on training on the simulator and filled out a four-page questionnaire. Twentythree questions with respect to the realism of the simulation and the training capacity were answered on a seven-point Likert scale along with 11 agree–disagree statements concerning the HystSim training in general.
Twenty-six participants had performed more than 50 hysteroscopies (‘‘experts’’) and 36 equal to or fewer than 50 (‘‘novices’’). Four of 60 (6.6%) responding participants judged the overall impression as ‘‘7 – absolutely realistic’’, 40 (66.6%) as ‘‘6 – realistic’’, and 16 (26.6%) as ‘‘5 – somewhat realistic’’. Novices (6.48; 95% confidence interval [CI] 6.28–6.7) rated the overall training capacity significantly higher than experts (6.08; 95% CI 5.85–6.3), however, high-grade acceptance was found in both groups. In response to the statements, 95.2% believe that HystSim allows procedural training of diagnostic and therapeutic hysteroscopy, and 85.5% suggest that HystSim training should be offered to all novices before performing surgery on real patients.
Face validity has been established for a new hysteroscopic surgery simulator. Potential trainees and trainers assess it to be a realistic and useful tool for the training of hysteroscopy. Further systematic validation studies are needed to clarify how this system can be optimally integrated into the gynaecological curriculum.
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