Exploring the nature and focus of feedback when using video playback in gynecology laparoscopy training


  • Jena M Hall Queen's University
  • Jamie S Pyper Queen's University




Background: Feedback about intraoperative performance remains a cornerstone of surgical training. Video playback offers one potential method for more effective feedback to surgical residents. More research is needed to better understand this method. This study explores the nature of instructional interactions and feedback in the operating room (OR) and when using video playback during post-operative review in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) training.

Method: This case study occurred between September 2016 and February 2017. Three OBGYN residents and five OBGYN supervising surgeons were involved in six laparoscopic cases. Intraoperative and video playback dialogues were recorded and analysed, the former deductively using codes identified from published literature, and the latter both deductively, using the same codes, and inductively, with codes that emerged from the data during analysis.

Results: 1090 intraoperative interactions were identified within 376 minutes of dialogue. Most interactions were didactic, instructing the resident how to use an instrument to perform a task. Deductive analysis of postoperative video playback review identified 146 interactions within 155 minutes. While the most common interaction type remained didactic, a teaching component was included more often. It became apparent that deductive analysis using the intraoperative codes did not adequately capture the nature and focus of feedback during video playback. Hermeneutic phenomenological analysis identified more dialogic video playback sessions with more resident-initiated questions and reflection.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that the nature of feedback during video playback is fundamentally different from that in the OR, offering a greater potential for collaborative and improved learning.




How to Cite

Hall JM, Pyper JS. Exploring the nature and focus of feedback when using video playback in gynecology laparoscopy training. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 15 [cited 2022 Jul. 1];12(6):62-71. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/71455



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