Nontechnical skills and decision making in operative vaginal delivery

Lisa Kirk, Rachna Bahl*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Nontechnical skills are defined as social, cognitive and personal resource skills that are necessary to conduct any technical skill safely. Whilst the skills are categorised into three domains: social, cognitive and personal resources, these are dependent on each other and the development and effectiveness of one relies on the other two. Effective nontechnical skills are essential in the safe care of patients in any setting, and their importance can be clearly demonstrated in the safe development of skills in many areas of medicine and surgery. Increasingly the importance of these skills is being recognised in outcomes for patients and staff, and training courses and assessment tools are being developed and used in obstetrics. Understanding of the role of nontechnical skills in labour and especially in operative vaginal births should be embedded across the specialty. Further research is needed in validation of assessment tools for these skills when used in obstetrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Early online date11 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


  • Assessment
  • Human factors
  • Instrumental vaginal deliveries
  • Nontechnical skills
  • Obstetrics
  • Operative vaginal deliveries


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