Mental Practice Enhances Surgical Technical Skills: A Randomized Controlled Study : Annals of Surgery

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Mental Practice Enhances Surgical Technical Skills

A Randomized Controlled Study

Arora, Sonal PhD*; Aggarwal, Rajesh PhD*; Sirimanna, Pramudith BSc*; Moran, Aidan PhD; Grantcharov, Teodor PhD; Kneebone, Roger PhD*; Sevdalis, Nick PhD*; Darzi, Ara MD*

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Annals of Surgery 253(2):p 265-270, February 2011. | DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e318207a789

In Brief

This randomized controlled study evaluates the effects of mental practice on the performance of laparoscopic novices in a virtual reality environment. Results show that a short period of mental practice improves the quality of technical performance. Further studies should replicate this finding for other procedures and for more experienced surgeons to corroborate that mental practice is an effective training strategy to improve patient care.

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