Identifying the cognitive demands on experts' decision making in liver transplantation

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Introduction. Cognitive task analysis (CTA) has recently gained the attention of surgical educators and the present study is investigating the cognitive demands of the Liver Transplantation procedure. Methods. In-depth interviews, following the Applied Cognitive Task Analysis protocol with four consultant transplant surgeons. Results. Eleven elements that show evidence of significant cognitive demands were extracted across the dataset. Conclusion. This study begins to reveal the origin and contents of transplant surgeons’ decision-making expertise. Applying CTA techniques to this domain is an essential step to modernisation of surgical training and possesses value for both decision-making researchers and medical practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNDM13 Naturalistic Decision Making and Uncertainty
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making
EditorsJulie Gore, Paul Ward
PublisherThe University of Bath
Pages241 -246
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780861971947
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017
Event13th International Naturalistic Decision Making Conference - University of Bath, Bath
Duration: 20 Jun 201723 Jun 2017


Conference13th International Naturalistic Decision Making Conference


  • expertise
  • surgery
  • applied cognitive task analysis
  • expert performance


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