Video review for measuring and improving skill in urological surgery.

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Nat Rev Urol


Interest is growing within the urological surgery community for objective assessments of technical skill. Surgical video review relies on the use of objective assessment tools to evaluate both global and procedure-specific skill. These evaluations provide structured feedback to surgeons with the aim of improving technique, which has been associated with patient outcomes. Currently, skill assessments can be performed by using expert peer-review, crowdsourcing or computer-based methods. Given the relationship between skill and patient outcomes, surgeons might be required in the future to provide empirical evidence of their technical skill for certification, employment, credentialing and quality improvement. Interventions such as coaching and skills workshops incorporating video review might help surgeons improve their skill, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

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ePub ahead of print

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