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Visuospatial ability correlates with performance in simulated gynecological laparoscopy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2011 (English)In: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, ISSN 0301-2115, E-ISSN 1872-7654, Vol. 157, no 1, 73-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: To analyze the relationship between visuospatial ability and simulated laparoscopy performed by consultants in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN). Study design: This was a prospective cohort study carried out at two community hospitals in Sweden. Thirteen consultants in obstetrics and gynecology were included. They had previously independently performed 10-100 advanced laparoscopies. Participants were tested for visuospatial ability by the Mental Rotations Test version A (MRT-A). After a familiarization session and standardized instruction, all participants subsequently conducted three consecutive virtual tubal occlusions followed by three virtual salpingectomies. Performance in the simulator was measured by Total Time, Score and Ovarian Diathermy Damage. Linear regression was used to analyze the relationship between visuospatial ability and simulated laparoscopic performance. The learning curves in the simulator were assessed in order to interpret the relationship with the visuospatial ability. Results: Visuospatial ability correlated with Total Time (r = -0.62; p = 0.03) and Score (r = 0.57; p = 0.05) in the medium level of the virtual tubal occlusion. In the technically more advanced virtual salpingectomy the visuospatial ability correlated with Total Time (r = -0.64; p = 0.02), Ovarian Diathermy Damage (r = -0.65; p = 0.02) and with overall Score (r = 0.64; p = 0.02). Conclusions: Visuospatial ability appears to be related to the performance of gynecological laparoscopic procedures in a simulator. Testing visuospatial ability might be helpful when designing individual training programs.

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2011. Vol. 157, no 1, 73-77 p.
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Simulator, Laparoscopy, Gynecology, Visuospatial ability, Consultants
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104844DOI: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2011.02.007ISI: 000292948100015PubMedID: 21450391OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104844DiVA: diva2:822919
Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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