Background: The Dundee Endoscopic Psychomotor Tester (DEPT) was developed as a means of obtaining an objective assessment of endoscopic performance using a single hand. This paper evaluates the reliability of the system. Methods: Twenty medical students were tested on the DEPT for four runs using the dominant hand. Test-retest reproducibility and coefficient alpha to measure the internal consistency were used as indexes of the reliability of the DEPT system. Results: A positive correlation was found between different runs in all outcome measures of the DEPT. Coefficient a was > 0.7 for all parameters. Conclusion: DEPT provides a reliable method for the objective assessment of single-handed endoscopic performance in terms of aiming and force exerted on the target plate.
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apd: 7 May 2001
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Francis, N., Hanna, G. & Cuschieri, A. Reliability of the Dundee Endoscopic Psychomotor Tester (DEPT) for dominant hand performance. Surg Endosc 15, 673–676 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004640080001