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Face validity, construct validity and training benefits of a virtual reality turp simulator

November 05, 2012

Study published in the International Journal of Surgery on TURPSim™

Face validity, construct validity and training benefits of a virtual reality turp simulator

International Journal of Surgery 10 (2012) 163e166

Elizabeth Bright a,*, Samuel Vine b, Mark R. Wilson b, Rich S.W. Masters c, John S. McGrath a

a Exeter Surgical Health Services Research Unit, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 5DW, UK
b College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, St Luke’s Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, Devon EX1 2LU, UK
c Institute of Human Performance, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

"Virtual reality (VR) surgical simulators provide repetitive practice and performance feedback without requiring supervision in a safe environment."

"Simulators have the potential to shorten the learning curve for complex surgical procedures, create skills which transfer to the operating room and therefore decrease the incidence of future complications."

"Experts resected a significantly greater percentage of prostate per minute [...] and had significantly less active diathermy time without tissue contact [...] than novices."


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