Ergonomic factors on task performance in laparoscopic surgery training

DJ Xiao, JJ Jakimowicz, A Albayrak, Richard Goossens

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the effect of ergonomic factors on task performance and trainee posture during laparoscopic surgery training. Twenty subjects without laparoscopic experience were allotted into 2 groups. Group 1 was trained under the optimal ergonomic simulation setting according to current ergonomic guidelines (Condition A). Group 2 was trained under non-optimal ergonomic simulation setting that can often be observed during training in a skills lab (Condition B). Posture analysis showed that the subjects held a much more neutral posture under Condition A than under Condition B (p < 0.001). The subjects had less joint excursion and experienced less discomfort in their neck, shoulders, and arms under Condition A. Significant difference in task performance between Conditions A and B (p < 0.05) was found. This study shows that the optimal ergonomic simulation setting leads to better task performance. In addition, no significant differences of task performance, for Groups 1 and 2 using the same test setting were found. However, better performance was observed for Group 1. It can be concluded that the optimal and non-optimal training setting have different learning effects on trainees' skill learning. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)548-553
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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