Contribution of an educational video to surgical education in laparoscopic appendectomy

Turk J Surg. 2017 Dec 1;33(4):237-242. doi: 10.5152/turkjsurg.2017.3610. eCollection 2017.


Objective: With recent widespread advances in laparoscopy, providing education on this subject has become a significant challenge. The aim of this study was to determine the degree of contribution made by surgeons to laparoscopic education through an educational video.

Material and methods: A total of 40 volunteer general surgery residents and specialists participated in our study. Before watching the approximately six-minute educational video prepared for laparoscopic appendectomy, the participants were asked to fill out participant information forms and information measurement questionnaire forms. After the video, the participants were asked to fill out the information measurement questionnaire forms a second time; additionally, attitude evaluation forms and education evaluation questionnaire forms were presented to the participants for completion, and statistical analysis was performed. Furthermore, the total watching duration and the number of times the video was paused were recorded.

Results: A total of 40 surgeons participated in the study (75% residents and 25% specialists). When the results of the information determination questionnaire forms filled out by the resident and specialist groups before and after the video were compared, it was observed that the scores of both groups significantly increased after watching the video (p=0.001). A statistical significance was identified between the length of time the video was watched and the education evaluation form scores of the participants (p<0.01). It was observed that the longer the video was watched, the greater the increase in the education evaluation scores. The results of the attitude evaluation forms implied that the video could be produced more professionally.

Conclusion: Although education is an inevitable requirement of laparoscopic surgery, many teaching methods are available. Awareness-enhancing videos prepared on this topic can be efficient in providing laparoscopic education.

Keywords: Education; laparoscopic surgery; video.