Validity and acceptability of a high-fidelity physical simulation model for training of laparoscopic pyeloplasty

Lauren H. Poniatowski, J. Stuart Wolf, Stephen Y. Nakada, Troy E. Reihsen, François Sainfort, Rob Sweet

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Abstract

Purpose: The objective was to determine the acceptability and preliminary construct validity for a high-fidelity synthetic renal pelvis/ureter tissue analogue model for use as a simulation model for training of laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Materials and Methods: The pyeloplasty model was designed with incorporated assessment lines for use in post-task Black Light Assessment of Surgical Technique (BLAST)™. Practicing urologists participating in the 2011 and 2012 American Urological Association Mentored Renal Laparoscopy courses performed a simulated laparoscopic pyeloplasty procedure and completed a post-task evaluation of the model. Results: Practicing urologists found the model acceptable and rated the model favorably in terms of content and face validity. Urologists who had performed a laparoscopic pyeloplasty procedure in the last 5 years outperformed those who had not by demonstrating increased patency (P<0.05), decreased twisting (P<0.05), and decreased leakage (P<0.10) at the anastomosis. Conclusions: The BLAST™ pyeloplasty model demonstrated evidence of acceptability and content, face, and construct validity for training practicing urologists to perform laparoscopic pyeloplasty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-398
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of endourology
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

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