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AIM: To develop and validate a scoring system for a training assessment tool using a box trainer which can objectively demonstrate progression in laparoscopic skills. METHOD: 170 assessments were performed over a 5-year period by doctors working in a busy paediatric surgical department. Each participant was scored based on experience and then undertook six laparoscopic tasks in a box trainer in a dry skills lab. The quicker and more accurate the performance, the lower the score. Validity and reliability tests were applied. RESULTS: Pearson correlation coefficient demonstrated that more experienced surgeons performed better than novices with an r of -0.63 (p 40) p 

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Journal article


Pediatr Surg Int

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245 - 252


Assessment tool, Laparoscopy, Simulation, Training, Clinical Competence, Humans, Laparoscopy, Pediatrics, Reproducibility of Results, Surgeons