U of A ethics approval: Pro00128728

Principal Investigator(s) (Supervisor(s)) (Primary Contact:
 Dr. Kim
      Assistant Professor
      Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
      University of Alberta
      Edmonton, AB
      (780) 407-1165
      mjkim@ualberta.ca

Co-investigator(s) (Student(s)): Dr. Chow
      Assistant Professor
      Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
      University of Alberta
      Edmonton, AB
      (780) 407-8822

      Dr. Heppner
      Resident
      Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
      University of Alberta
      Edmonton, AB
      (306) 717-3141
      jmheppne@ualberta.ca

Invitation to Participate: You are invited to participate in this research study about utilization of laparoscopy in the placement of primary ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts in Canada, because as a practicing Neurosurgeon you may have experience in placement of VP shunts. You are receiving this invitation through the Canadian Neurosurgical Society database of members. Eligibility entails anyone who is currently a practicing neurosurgeon in Canada.
Purpose of the Study: From this research we wish to learn what current experience, opinion, and practice exists in the Canadian Neurosurgical community regarding utilization of laparoscopy for the placement of the abdominal catheter in VP shunt procedures. While there is evidence in the literature supporting the possible benefits of this approach, there have been no definitive evidence-based position statements made either in favor or against this alternative to the classic mini-laparotomy. Furthermore, none of the published trials comparing laparoscopic to the mini-laparotomy approach have included Canada.







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