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The Assessment of Competency in Thoracic Sonography (ACTS) scale: validation of a tool for point-of-care ultrasound

Overview of attention for article published in Critical Ultrasound Journal, November 2017
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Title
The Assessment of Competency in Thoracic Sonography (ACTS) scale: validation of a tool for point-of-care ultrasound
Published in
Critical Ultrasound Journal, November 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13089-017-0081-0
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Authors

Scott J. Millington, Robert T. Arntfield, Robert Jie Guo, Seth Koenig, Pierre Kory, Vicki Noble, Haney Mallemat, Jordan R. Schoenherr

Abstract

The rapid adoption of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has created a need to develop assessment tools to ensure that learners can competently use these technologies. In this study, the authors developed and tested a rating scale to assess the quality of point-of-care thoracic ultrasound studies performed by novices. In Phase 1, the Assessment of Competency in Thoracic Sonography (ACTS) scale was developed based on structured interviews with subject matter experts. The tool was then piloted on a small series of ultrasound studies in Phase 2. In Phase 3 the tool was applied to a sample of 150 POCUS studies performed by ten learners; performance was then assessed by two independent raters. Evidence for the content validity of the ACTS scale was provided by a consensus exercise wherein experts agreed on the general principles and specific items that make up the scale. The tool demonstrated reasonable inter-rater reliability despite minimal requirements for evaluator training and displayed evidence of good internal structure, with related scale items correlating well with each other. Analysis of the aggregate learning curves suggested a rapid early improvement in learner performance with slower improvement after approximately 25-30 studies. The ACTS scale provides a straightforward means to assess learner performance. Our results support the conclusion that the tool is an effective means of making valid judgments regarding competency in point-of-care thoracic ultrasound, and that the majority of learner improvement occurs during their first 25-30 practice studies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 29 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 5 17%
Other 3 10%
Student > Master 3 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 3 10%
Researcher 2 7%
Other 7 24%
Unknown 6 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 55%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 3%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 3%
Engineering 1 3%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 7 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 August 2019.
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#1,205,183
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#47,626
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Outputs of similar age from Critical Ultrasound Journal
#10
of 25 outputs
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