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An evaluation of eye tracking technology in the assessment of 12 lead electrocardiography interpretation

Breen, Cathal J.; Bond, Raymond; Finlay, Dewar


Raymond Bond

Dewar Finlay


This study investigated eye tracking technology for 12 lead electrocardiography interpretation to Healthcare Scientist students.

Participants (n = 33) interpreted ten 12 lead ECG recordings and randomized to receive objective individual appraisal on their efforts either by traditional didactic format or by eye tracker software.

One hundred percent of participants reported the experience positively at improving their ECG interpretation competency. ECG analysis time ranged between 13.2 and 59.5 s. The rhythm strip was the most common lead studied and fixated on for the longest duration (mean 9.9 s). Lead I was studied for the shortest duration (mean 0.25 s). Feedback using eye tracking data during ECG interpretation did not produce any significant variation between the assessment marks of the study and the control groups (p = 0.32).

Although the hypothesis of this study was rejected active teaching and early feedback practices are recommended within this discipline.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 13, 2014
Publication Date 2014-11
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2022
Journal Journal of Electrocardiology
Print ISSN 0022-0736
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 6
Pages 922-929
Keywords Eye tracking, ECG, Pedagogy, Assessment, Healthcare Science
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