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Video-based Collaborative Learning to Improve Ventral Hernia Repair

December 16, 2019


The University of Wisconsin – Madison is hosting a clinical trial on video-based collaborative learning to improve surgical performance and patient outcomes in ventral hernia repair. Two interventions will be researched: live, video-based surgical coaching and video-based feedback on recorded surgeries to be reviewed at a later time. 


Study Information

This study partners with the Americas Hernias Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC). Surgeon participants will be randomly assigned. One third will go to the live surgical peer coaching group. The live coaching sessions will be one hour between coaches and participants at three national meetings. One third will be in the asynchronous video-based constructive feedback group. This group will upload videos of their surgical procedures. Coaches will provide feedback after one week through time-stamped comments. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to the comments after another week. The last third of participants will be a wait-listed control group who will be exposed to both coaching methods.


Inclusion Criteria

All sexes, ages 21 and older, are allowed to participate. They must have an AHSQC membership, in good standing, and submit a minimum of 10 cases within 6 months before the time for study enrollment.


Exclusion Criteria

Those who are not good standing, AHSQC members or who have not submitted cases within 6 months before study enrollment may not participate.  



Those interested may participate in this study at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, 53792-1690. Feel free to contact Caprice C. Greenberg, MD MPH at 608-262-0395 or at with any questions or concerns.



This clinical trial is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Madison and collaborated by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Principal Investigator is Caprice C. Greenberg, MD MPH of University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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