SARG Resources

SARG's valuable resources include a wide array of research tools developed by SARG in the course of its activities that may be of use to others working in these areas. Contact the SARG Coordinating Center at CRISS/VUMC for further information and details on any of the following:

Research Databases

We have extensive physician performance datasets from our prior investigations that could be explored for research in other areas not considered in our primary projects.

Data collection and management platform

VidARA is a platform created to allow a repository for performance video that can be associated with a variety of rubrics, yielding a methodology for reliable, performance dataset generation, management, and manipulation. VidARA is currently being enhanced to support more types of video review and analysis as well as to support usability testing of products and processes.

Standardized scenarios and delivery rules

SARG has extensive experience developing sophisticated high fidelity simulation scenarios that can be delivered repeatedly in a highly standardized manner. We currently have eight perioperative scenarios suitable for research or training of experienced acute care clinicians. We have published on tools, methods, and approaches to standardizing the development and delivery of these scenarios.

Validated performance rating tools

SARG has developed and validated several rating tools including checklist based clinical performance elements (CPEs), behaviorally anchored rating scales (BARS) for assessing non-technical skills, and several approaches to holistic scoring.

Rater training methods and tools

SARG has developed and effectively deployed methods to train experts to reliably rate simulation performances from video-recorded sessions.

Cognitive interviewing methods and tools

In our latest study, SARG has developed innovative new methods for interviewing clinicians immediately after they participate in a high-fidelity simulation scenario in order to discern their decision-making as well as to enhance their self-reflection and learning.

Hazardous attitude tools

Below are links to the survey used in the IMPACTS study to assess hazardous attitudes in anesthesia practice as well as the aviation assessment tools that inspired it.

Hazardous Attitudes in Anesthesia Practice

Aeronautical Decision Making for Student and Private Pilots. DOTFAAPM-8641