A scoping review of assessment tools for laparoscopic suturing

Elif Bilgic, Satoshi Endo, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Madoka Takao, Katherine M. McKendy, Yusuke Watanabe, Liane S. Feldman, Melina C. Vassiliou

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Background: A needs assessment identified a gap in teaching and assessment of laparoscopic suturing (LS) skills. The purpose of this review is to identify assessment tools that were used to assess LS skills, to evaluate validity evidence available, and to provide guidance for selecting the right assessment tool for specific assessment conditions. Methods: Bibliographic databases were searched till April 2017. Full-text articles were included if they reported on assessment tools used in the operating room/simulation to (1) assess procedures that require LS or (2) specifically assess LS skills. Results: Forty-two tools were identified, of which 26 were used for assessing LS skills specifically and 26 for procedures that require LS. Tools had the most evidence in internal structure and relationship to other variables, and least in consequences. Conclusion: Through identification and evaluation of assessment tools, the results of this review could be used as a guideline when implementing assessment tools into training programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3009-3023
Number of pages15
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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