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Surg Oncol. 2011 Sep;20(3):169-77. doi: 10.1016/j.suronc.2010.10.001. Epub 2010 Dec 3.

Non-technical skills assessment in surgery.

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Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Division of General Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. b.sharma@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Adverse events in surgery have highlighted the importance of non-technical skills, such as communication, decision-making, teamwork, situational awareness and leadership, to effective organizational performance. These skills carry particular importance to surgical oncology, as members of a multidisciplinary team must work cohesively to formulate effective patient care plans. Several non-technical skills evaluation tools have been developed for use in surgery, without adequate comparison and consensus on which should be standard for training. Eleven articles describing the use of three non-technical evaluation tools related to surgery: NOTSS (Non Technical Skills for Surgeons), NOTECHS (Non Technical Skills) and OTAS (Observational Teamwork Assessment for Surgery) were analyzed with respect to scale formulation, validity, reliability and feasibility. Furthermore, their use in training thus far and the future of non-technical rating scales in surgical curricula was discussed. Future work should focus on incorporating these assessment tools into training and into a real operating room setting to provide formative evaluations for surgical residents.

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21129950
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10.1016/j.suronc.2010.10.001
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