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Development and validation of a recommended checklist for assessment of surgical videos quality: the LAParoscopic surgery Video Educational GuidelineS (LAP-VEGaS) video assessment tool

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  • Valerio Celentano
  • Neil Smart
  • Ronan A. Cahill
  • Antonino Spinelli
  • Mariano Cesare Giglio
  • John McGrath
  • Andreas Obermair
  • Gianluca Pellino
  • Hirotoshi Hasegawa
  • Pawanindra Lal
  • Laura Lorenzon
  • Nicola De Angelis
  • Luigi Boni
  • Sharmila Gupta
  • John P. Griffith
  • Austin G. Acheson
  • Tom D. Cecil
  • Mark G. Coleman
Introduction: There has been a constant increase in the number of published surgical videos with preference for open-access sources, but the proportion of videos undergoing peer-review prior to publication has markedly decreased, raising questions over quality of the educational content presented. The aim of this study was the development and validation of a standard framework for the appraisal of surgical videos submitted for presentation and publication, the LAParoscopic surgery Video Educational GuidelineS (LAP-VEGaS) video assessment tool.
Methods: An international committee identified items for inclusion in the LAP-VEGaS video assessment tool and finalised the marking score utilising Delphi methodology. The tool was finally validated by anonymous evaluation of selected videos by a group of validators not involved in the tool development. 

Results: 9 items were included in the LAP-VEGaS video assessment tool, with every item scoring from 0 (item not presented in the video) to 2 (item extensively presented in the video), with a total marking score ranging from 0 to 18. The LAP-VEGaS video assessment tool resulted highly accurate in identifying and selecting videos for acceptance for conference presentation and publication, with high level of internal consistency and generalisability. 

Conclusions: We propose that peer review in adherence to the LAP-VEGaS video assessment tool could enhance the overall quality of published video outputs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalSurgical Endoscopy
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020


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