Measuring the surgical 'learning curve': methods, variables and competency.

  title={Measuring the surgical 'learning curve': methods, variables and competency.},
  author={Nuzhath Khan and Hamid Abboudi and Mohammed Shamim Khan and Prokar Dasgupta and Kamran Ahmed},
  journal={BJU international},
  volume={113 3},
OBJECTIVES To describe how learning curves are measured and what procedural variables are used to establish a 'learning curve' (LC). To assess whether LCs are a valuable measure of competency. PATIENTS AND METHODS A review of the surgical literature pertaining to LCs was conducted using the Medline and OVID databases. RESULTS Variables should be fully defined and when possible, patient-specific variables should be used. Trainee's prior experience and level of supervision should be… CONTINUE READING

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