Distributed practice. The more the merrier? A randomised bronchoscopy simulation study

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Introduction: The distribution of practice affects the acquisition of skills. Distributed practice has shown to be more effective for skills acquisition than massed training. However, it remains unknown as to which is the most effective distributed practice schedule for learning bronchoscopy skills through simulation training. This study compares two distributed practice schedules: One-day distributed practice and weekly distributed practice. Method: Twenty physicians in training were randomly assigned to one-day distributed or weekly distributed bronchoscopy simulation practice. Performance was assessed with a pre-test, a post-test after each practice session, and a 4-week retention test using previously validated simulator measures. Data were analysed with repeated measures ANOVA. Results: No interaction was found between group and test (F(4,72) < 1.68, p > 0.16), except for the measure 'percent-segments-entered', and no main effect of group was found for any of the measures (F(1,72) < 0.87, p > 0.36), which indicates that there was no difference between the learning curves of the one-day distributed practice schedule and the weekly distributed practice schedule. Discussion: We found no difference in effectiveness of bronchoscopy skills acquisition between the one-day distributed practice and the weekly distributed practice. This finding suggests that the choice of bronchoscopy training practice may be guided by what best suits the clinical practice.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer30517
TidsskriftMedical Education Online
Vol/bind21
Nummer1
ISSN1087-2981
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StatusUdgivet - 2016

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