Surgical skills training in the laparoscopic era: The use of a helping hand

R. M. Nataraja, N. Ade-Ajayi, J. I. Curry

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The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a training programme involving an assessment exercise performed on a laparoscopic trainer model leads to an improvement in the acquisition of laparoscopic skills in surgical trainees. Subjects were recruited from a cross-section of surgical trainees at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Department of Surgery and the Institute of Child Health. All subjects completed both a baseline laparoscopic surgical skills questionnaire and three exercises on a new laparoscopic trainer model. Thirteen subjects completed both the baseline questionnaire and all three assessment exercises. These subjects exhibited a wide range of previous experience in laparoscopic surgery. Sixty-nine percent of subjects showed a significant improvement in the assessment exercise score with training (ANOVA; P = 0.01). Sixty-two percent of subjects showed a greater improvement between exercises 2 and 3 than between exercises 1 and 2. The difference in score between exercises 1 and 2 was not statistically significant (P = 0.597), whereas the difference in score between both exercises 2 and 3 and exercises 1 and 3 was statistically significant (P = 0.018 and P = 0.005, respectively). The double glove training model is thus a simple, inexpensive, and easily reproducible tool that elicits a significant improvement in laparoscopic surgical skills in surgical trainees with a broad range of previous laparoscopic experience. It can therefore be used as part of a training programme to facilitate the acquisition of laparoscopic skills in a paediatric surgery setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1020
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Laparoscopic
  • Laparoscopic skills
  • Surgical skills training

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