The patients' understanding about the treatments is a crucial result of the adequate communication. Inadequate communication may lead to misunderstanding, anxiety or litigation. Aiming to improve the patients' perception several educational options can be used, but video recording is a far superior medium regarding surgical procedures. Objective: We evaluated the feasibility of video recordings of the surgical procedures as an educational tool upon our patients' opinion. Patients and methodology: 100 patients scheduled for gynecologic endoscopic surgeries were asked if they would allow their surgery be recorded by the computer system. The edited recordings were shown before the patients' discharge from the hospital, and their opinions were assessed using a questionnaire. Results: 100 (100%) patients agreed to their operation being recorded and 92/100 (92%) women wanted to see the film. The median duration of the edited recordings was 5 minutes. 88/100 (88%) of the patients answered that the edited films gave them a better perception of their condition and operation. 82 (82%) would have liked a copy of the film. Conclusions: Edited video recordings may help to inform patients regarding their medical condition and the procedures performed. Even though it is a time-consuming method, it may also help to provide in-depth information about the operation for the general prectinioners.
|Translated title of the contribution||How can patients' understanding about their surgery be improved?- Implications for everyday practice|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - May 1 2010|
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