INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to conduct a targeted needs assessment to identify and prioritise technical skills and procedures suited for simulation-based training (SBT) in private otorhinolaryngology (ORL) practice in Denmark, including mapping the learning environment related to implementation of SBT.
METHODS: A panel of trainers and trainees in private ORL practice was recruited. Using the Delphi method, three rounds of surveys were conducted. Round one consisted of a survey of the learning environment and a brainstorming phase. Round two quantified the frequency of procedures, ranked the importance of procedural competency, impact on patient safety and feasibility for SBT. In round three, panelists eliminated and ranked procedures for final prioritisation.
RESULTS: A total of 26 of 57 invited trainers and trainees accepted participation. The educational environment was described and 136 skills were suggested in the brainstorming phase. "Non-technical" skills were removed, and the remaining 46 technical skills were grouped for appraisal in round two. In round three, panelists reduced these to eight technical skills and procedures which were maintained for final prioritisation for SBT with myringotomy with ventilation tube insertion ranking highest. Trainees and trainers indicated that close supervision and dedicated time for training were major strengths of the learning environment.
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings extend the results obtained in a previous general needs assessment and may inform curricular implementation of SBT in private ORL practice. A structured "package" with SBT and assessment for the identified procedures are desired by trainers. This work is already in progress and implementation is facilitated by a positive attitude towards SBT among trainers and trainees alike.
TRIAL REGISTRATION: not relevant.
|Danish Medical Journal
|Udgivet - 23 mar. 2022