Face, Content, and Construct Validations of Endoscopic Needle Injection Simulator for Transurethral Bulking Agent in Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Endoscopic injection of urethral bulking agents is an office procedure that is used to treat stress urinary incontinence secondary to internal sphincteric deficiency. Validation studies are an important part of simulator evaluation and is considered important step to establish the effectiveness of simulation-based training. 


The endoscopic needle injection (ENI) simulator has not been formally validated, although it has been used widely at University of California, Irvine. We aimed to assess the face, content, and construct validity of the UC, Irvine ENI simulator.

Dissected female porcine bladders were mounted in a modified Hysteroscopy Diagnostic Trainer. Using routine endoscopic equipment for this procedure with video monitoring, 6 urologists (experts group) and 6 urology trainee (novice group) completed urethral bulking agents injections on a total of 12 bladders using ENI simulator. Face and content validities were assessed by using structured quantitative survey which rating the realism. Construct validity was assessed by comparing the performance, time of the procedure, and the occlusive (anatomical and functional) evaluations between the experts and novices. Trainees also completed a postprocedure feedback survey. Effective injections were evaluated by measuring the retrograde urethral opening pressure, visual cystoscopic coaptation, and postprocedure gross anatomic examination.

All 12 participants felt the simulator was a good training tool and should be used as essential part of urology training (face validity). ENI simulator showed good face and content validity with average score varies between the experts and the novices was 3.9/5 and 3.8/5, respectively. Content validity evaluation showed that most aspects of the simulator were adequately realistic (mean Likert scores 3.9-3.8/5). However, the bladder does not bleed, and sometimes thin. Experts significantly outperformed novices (p < 001) across all measure of performance therefore establishing construct validity. The ENI simulator shows face, content and constructs validities, although few aspects of simulator were not very realistic (e.g., bleeding).This study provides a base for the future formal validation for this simulator and for continuing use of this simulator in endourology training. 

Journal of surgical education. 2018 May 02 [Epub ahead of print] 

Bilal Farhan, Tandis Soltani, Rebecca Do, Claudia Perez, Hanul Choi, Gamal Ghoniem 

Department of Urology, Division of Female Urology, Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery & Voiding Dysfunction University of California, Irvine., Department of Urology, Division of Female Urology, Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery & Voiding Dysfunction University of California, Irvine. Electronic address: .


Go Beyond the Abstract and Read a Commentary by Bilal Farhan, MD; and Gamal Ghoniem, MD, FACS, University of California, Irvine, USA


PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29730182
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