Priorities in surgical simulation research: What do the experts say?

Nicholas E. Anton, Aimee K. Gardner, Dimitrios Stefanidis

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Introduction: Progressing the field of surgical simulation research cohesively requires organization. The purpose of this study was to establish contemporary research priorities utilizing Delphi methodology. Methods: Surgical researchers with expertise in simulation-based research were invited to submit important questions for the field according to an organized framework. Thematic analysis was used to collapse questions into unique questions. In a second round, experts rated the importance of questions. In a third round, experts re-rated the importance of questions. A prioritized agenda was then created. Results: Eighteen experts submitted 80 questions in round one, which were collapsed into 43. In the final round, experts rated the following question as the most important priority: “Does demonstrated competency in the simulation lab translate to clinical competency (OR etc.)?” Conclusions: Our systematic approach identified multiple important questions to advance the field that may guide researchers and funding agencies alike.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-99
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Delphi methodology
  • Research priorities
  • Surgical simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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