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Authors Pugh CM, DaRosa DA
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Journal Mil Med Volume: 178 Issue: 10 Suppl Pages: 22-7
Publish Date 2013 Oct
PubMed ID 24084302

There is a paucity of performance-based assessments that focus on intraoperative decision making. The purpose of this article is to review the performance outcomes and usefulness of two performance-based assessments that were developed using cognitive task analysis (CTA) frameworks.Assessment-A used CTA to create a “think aloud” oral examination that was administered while junior residents (PGY 1-2’s, N = 69) performed a porcine-based laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Assessment-B used CTA to create a simulation-based, formative assessment of senior residents’ (PGY 4-5’s, N = 29) decision making during a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. In addition to survey-based assessments of usefulness, a multiconstruct evaluation was performed using eight variables.When comparing performance outcomes, both approaches revealed major deficiencies in residents’ intraoperative decision-making skills. Multiconstruct evaluation of the two CTA approaches revealed assessment method advantages for five of the eight evaluation areas: (1) Cognitive Complexity, (2) Content Quality, (3) Content Coverage, (4) Meaningfulness, and (5) Transfer and Generalizability.The two CTA performance assessments were useful in identifying significant training needs. While there are pros and cons to each approach, the results serve as a useful blueprint for program directors seeking to develop performance-based assessments for intraoperative decision making. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System