OPEN Research Support

PhD student
Pia Iben Pietsersen
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Odense University Hospital

Projekt styring
Projekt status    Sampling finished
Data indsamlingsdatoer
Start 01.03.2017  
Slut 30.05.2019  

Training thoracic ultrasound skills: a multicentre, blinded, randomized controlled trial of simulation-based training versus training on healthy figurants

Short summary

The aim of the project is to explore the effect of simulation-based training versus hands-on training on healthy figurants for thoracic ultrasound. 


The technical development has made ultrasound increasing accessible and feasible. Bedside ultrasound examinations are made daily by clinicians within all specialities, and are today incorporated as a high accuracy diagnostic tool and essential part of patient examination. However, this widespread implementation has led to an increased demand of structured educational programs and courses.

Thoracic ultrasound examinations are considered safe, without exposure to radiation or delay of patients' course, but ultrasound in general is highly operator dependent [4], and lack of sufficient theoretical knowledge or practical skills can lead to incorrect diagnosis and thus treatment. Simulation-based medical education in a structured program has been suggested to accelerate the learning curve in the early stage of ultrasound training in several different ultrasound examinations. 

The objective of this randomized controlled trial is to examine whether simulation-based training on a simulator is superior to training thoracic ultrasound on healthy figurants. 

Description of the cohort

The included participants in this trial are phycisians with no prior education or experience in thoracic ultrasound. 

Data and biological material

- Questionnaires on participant demographics and previous experience with ultrasound

- Clinical assessment/test scores

Collaborating researchers and departments

Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education and Simulation, Capital Region of Denmark

  • Professor, Lars Konge
  • MS, Kristoffer Cold

MidtSim, Region of Central Jutland

  • Chief Phycisian, Charlotte Paltved
  • MS, Mads Andersen
  • MS, Esben Skov
  • MS, Søren Rørbech