Verbal communication improves laparoscopic team performance

Shiliang Chang, Erin Waid, Danny V. Martinec, Bin Zheng, Lee L. Swanstrom

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The impact of verbal communication on laparoscopic team performance was examined. A total of 24 dyad teams, comprisied of residents, medical students, and office staff, underwent 2 team tasks using a previously validated bench model. Twelve teams (feedback groups) received instant verbal instruction and feedback on their performance from an instructor which was compared with 12 teams (control groups) with minimal or no verbal feedback. Their performances were both video and audio taped for analysis. Surgical backgrounds were similar between feedback and control groups. Teams with more verbal feedback achieved significantly better task performance (P = .002) compared with the control group with less feedback. Impact of verbal feedback was more pronounced for tasks requiring team cooperation (aiming and navigation) than tasks depending on individual skills (knotting). Verbal communication, especially the instructions and feedback from an experienced instructor, improved team efficiency and performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-147
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Innovation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Simulation
  • Surgical training
  • Team performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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