The Effects of Virtual Reality Ultrasound Training in Pairs Compared to Training Alone

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 11, 2012
Last Update Posted : June 27, 2013
University of Copenhagen
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Martin G. Tolsgaard, Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Brief Summary:

Virtual Reality (VR) simulation has enabled high-quality, safe and efficient training of medical health care providers. However, training costs are considerable and may be optimized using interventions to improve learning. The aim of this study is to compare the effects of training in pairs versus training alone on an VR ultrasound simulator.

Methods: 30 medical students in their final year are randomized to either training in pairs or training alone. All participants are trained for two hours. Subsequently, all students are assessed on ultrasound performance on real patients in an ambulatory setting. Performance is assessed using a rating scale that has been validated in a previous study by two blinded assessors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Learning Outcome Training Efficiency Other: Training in pairs (Dyad training)

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Study Start Date : January 2013
Primary Completion Date : June 2013
Study Completion Date : June 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Single training
Students training alone on the simulator
Experimental: Training in pairs (Dyad Training)
Students training in pairs on the simulator
Other: Training in pairs (Dyad training)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Performance test [ Time Frame: 6 hours ]
    The outcome measure was ultrasound examination skills on pelvic ultrasound examination of patients in an ambulatory setting. Participants were asked to perform a systematic ultrasonic transvaginal examination including measurement of endometrial thickness and estimate the volume of the right ovary. All patients were required to provide written consent to participate. A blinded OB/GYN consultant rated performance using a previously validated rating scale.Sample size calculation and statistical methods.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Confidence [ Time Frame: 6 hours ]
    Students' confidence in managing the vaginal ultrasound examination are assessed after the post-intervention performance tests

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Months and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Final year medical students

Exclusion Criteria:

Prior extra-curricular ultrasound experience.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01703975

Dept. of Fetal Medicine, Juliane Marie Centre
Copenhagen O, Denmark, 2100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rigshospitalet, Denmark
University of Copenhagen

Responsible Party: Martin G. Tolsgaard, MD, Rigshospitalet, Denmark Identifier: NCT01703975     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DRVK-35596
First Posted: October 11, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 27, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013

Keywords provided by Martin G. Tolsgaard, Rigshospitalet, Denmark:
Simulation efficiency
Collaborative learning