Priorities in surgical simulation research: What do the experts say?

Am J Surg. 2020 Jul;220(1):95-99. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.10.017. Epub 2019 Oct 12.


Introduction: Progressing the field of surgical simulation research cohesively requires organization. The purpose of this study was to establish contemporary research priorities utilizing Delphi methodology.

Methods: Surgical researchers with expertise in simulation-based research were invited to submit important questions for the field according to an organized framework. Thematic analysis was used to collapse questions into unique questions. In a second round, experts rated the importance of questions. In a third round, experts re-rated the importance of questions. A prioritized agenda was then created.

Results: Eighteen experts submitted 80 questions in round one, which were collapsed into 43. In the final round, experts rated the following question as the most important priority: "Does demonstrated competency in the simulation lab translate to clinical competency (OR etc.)?"

Conclusions: Our systematic approach identified multiple important questions to advance the field that may guide researchers and funding agencies alike.

Keywords: Delphi methodology; Research priorities; Surgical simulation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Consensus
  • Delphi Technique
  • Education, Medical, Graduate*
  • Female
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Health Priorities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Simulation Training*