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Cross-sectional Analysis of Non-technical Attributes and Surgical Experience in Surgical Staff, Trainees and Applicants.

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03728088
Recruitment Status : Enrolling by invitation
First Posted : November 1, 2018
Last Update Posted : November 1, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Ghent

Brief Summary:

This study consists of an analysis of the communication styles and attitudes towards risk and uncertainty (i.e. non-technical attributes) in a surgical population with varying clinical experience.

The study aims to investigate the differences and specific patterns in non-technical attributes that may be discerned in these groups and how these non technical attributes develop throughout surgical training.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Healthy Volunteers Other: Rating scales concerning non-technical attributes

Detailed Description:

This study evaluated the communication styles and attitudes towards risk and uncertainty in a population of surgical candidates (pre- and postgraduates), surgical trainees and surgical staff members, from the specialties of general surgery, orthopedics, urology and plastic surgery. After signing informed consent, participants complete an on-line questionnaire, which contains a set of validated tools.

Initially, a cross-sectional analysis of the non-technical attributes will be conducted, to identify any patters, similarities or differences between participant groups.

The study hypothesis is that significant differences can be observed in participant attributes, which relate to their clinical experience.

Additionally, surgical candidates who agree to participate in this study and are accepted for a surgical training in either general surgery, orthopaedics, urology or plastic surgery, will be invited to repeat the questionnaire at a 2-year interval, to investigate the evolution of their non-technical attributes throughout their training and to identify general patterns.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 120 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Non-technical Attributes and Surgical Experience: a Cross-sectional Study Comparing Communication Styles and Attitudes in Surgical Staff, Trainees and Applicants
Actual Study Start Date : September 1, 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2025

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Surgical Candidates

Under- and postgraduate candidates applying for surgical training in general surgery, orthopedics, urology or plastic surgery at Ghent University Hospital.

All candidates will complete the rating scales concerning non-technical attributes in the period prior to the surgical selections.

Other: Rating scales concerning non-technical attributes
Other Names:
  • Communication styles inventory (CSI-96) rating scale
  • Physician's reactions towards uncertainty (PRU) rating scale
  • Physicians's risk attitudes (PRA) rating scale

Surgical trainees

Surgical trainees active in general surgery, orthopaedics, urology or plastic surgery, at Ghent University Hospital or an affiliated non-academic training hospital.

All trainees will be invited to participate in the study. Trainees who agree to participate will complete the rating scales concerning non-technical attributes.

Other: Rating scales concerning non-technical attributes
Other Names:
  • Communication styles inventory (CSI-96) rating scale
  • Physician's reactions towards uncertainty (PRU) rating scale
  • Physicians's risk attitudes (PRA) rating scale

Surgical staff

Surgical staff members active in general surgery, orthopaedics, urology or plastic surgery, at Ghent University Hospital.

All surgical staff members will be invited to participate in the study. Surgical staff members who agree to participate will complete the rating scales concerning non-technical attributes.

Other: Rating scales concerning non-technical attributes
Other Names:
  • Communication styles inventory (CSI-96) rating scale
  • Physician's reactions towards uncertainty (PRU) rating scale
  • Physicians's risk attitudes (PRA) rating scale




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Participant communication styles [ Time Frame: Rating scale is completed by all groups on study inclusion, after signing informed consent. ]
    Communication styles measured using the CSI-96 scale

  2. Participant attitudes towards uncertainty [ Time Frame: Rating scale is completed by all groups on study inclusion, after signing informed consent. For the candidate group, this measure is repeated on a selection day during the surgical selection process, +- 1 - 2 months after study inclusion ]
    Attitudes towards uncertainty measured using the PRU scale

  3. Participant attitudes towards taking risks [ Time Frame: Rating scale is completed by all groups on study inclusion, after signing informed consent. For the candidate group, this measure is repeated on a selection day during the surgical selection process, +- 1 - 2 months after study inclusion ]
    Attitudes towards taking risks measured using the PRA scale


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Participant perceived actual health status [ Time Frame: Rating scale is completed by all groups on study inclusion, after signing informed consent. ]
    Perceived health status measured using the SF-36 scale



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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Candidates applying for a surgical specialty (general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, plastic surgery); trainees in one of these surgical specialties; staff members in one of these surgical specialties.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participant is part of any of the following groups:

    • Applicant for surgical training in general surgery, orthopedics, urology or plastic surgery.
    • Trainee in general surgery, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery.
    • Staff in general surgery, orthopedics, urology, plastic surgery.
  • Participant is active at Ghent University Hospital or an affiliated training hospital.

No exclusion criteria apply to this study.


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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03728088


Sponsors and Collaborators
University Ghent
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Isabelle Van Herzeele, MD, PhD Vascular surgeon
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Responsible Party: University Ghent
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03728088    
Other Study ID Numbers: B6702016287
First Posted: November 1, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 1, 2018
Last Verified: October 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: Research data will not be shared standard.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by University Ghent:
Non-technical attributes
Surgical training
Communication style
Risk aversion
Reaction to uncertainty
Self-assessment