Economic Evaluation of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Laparoscopic Appendectomy at the Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation

Virginia Boie & Taiba Abdulmohsen M Alrasheed

Student thesis: Master thesis


Simulation-based training (SBT) has become an integral part of postgraduate medical education and has been widely implemented in laparoscopic training programs all around the globe. It is an innovative approach to healthcare education that has the potential to increase patient safety and save costs by reducing the duration of the supervised clinical training on patients. The Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES) offers a variety of simulation-based training programs for multiple procedures. To allow decision-makers and stakeholders to make informed choices on the possible implementation and extension of CAMES' training programs in the education of healthcare professionals in Denmark, evidence on the costs and cost-effectiveness of SBT is therefore required. To provide this evidence, a collaboration between CAMES and the authors of this project was established in order to answer the following research questions: ‘’What is the cost-effectiveness of simulation-based training compared to the traditional apprenticeship model (no simulation-based training) in medical education? Thus, from a decision-makers perspective, which training program is preferable?’’ The analytical scope of this project is limited to laparoscopic surgery, specifically two abdominal procedures: laparoscopic cholecystectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy. Performing a decision-tree and cost-effectiveness analysis measuring complications rates and operative time, the effectiveness of SBT can be shown. Hence, SBT is the preferable training program.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2018
Number of pages82