Surgeon level of expertise reported in Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume) and (European Volume) publications

Dustin H. Massel, Bradley A. Lezak, Spencer H. Summers, Ramakanth R. Yakkanti, Helen G. Hui-Chou, David L. Chen

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the trend in documentation of surgeon level of expertise among the Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume) and the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) publications. A review of Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume) and Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) databases for level of expertise between January 2015 and October 2019 was performed. Of 1042 articles identified, all 115 (20%) reporting level of expertise were published in Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume). Since 2015, there has been an increase in reported level of expertise in Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) (2015: 8 (7%); 2016: 15 (13%); 2017: 22 (19%); 2018: 28 (24%); 2019: 42 (37%)). In the same period, no publications have reported level of expertise in Journal of Hand Surgery (American Volume). Documenting level of expertise may provide readers with additional information for incorporation of novel techniques into their practices. It may identify procedures that require a baseline level of expertise for effective performance. Further evaluation of level of expertise criteria may improve the reliability of the numeric scale, while widespread adoption of this scale will allow future outcome analysis by level of expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Level of expertise
  • expert
  • non-specialist
  • specialist
  • surgeon experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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