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Anton NE, Beane J, Yurco AM
Mental skills training effectively minimizes operative performance deterioration under stressful conditions: results of a randomized controlled study.
This study demonstrated that giving residents mental skills training significantly increases performance during surgery under stressful conditions. A randomized controlled study was done with twenty-four residents to test laparoscopic suturing skills with and without external stressors. Both groups experienced decreased performance when stress was applied, but the group who had gone through the mental skills curriculum (MSC) significantly outperformed the control group. The researchers feel this finding supports including this training in the curriculum for surgical residents.
Citation: Anton NE, Beane J, Yurco AM . Mental skills training effectively minimizes operative performance deterioration under stressful conditions: results of a randomized controlled study. Am J Surg 2018 Feb;215(2):214-21. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.09.039..
Keywords: Education: Continuing Medical Education, Education: Curriculum, Stress, Surgery