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Study finds that patient education videos viewed before an operation may benefit patients
Date:5/1/2012

eriencefrom how to prepare for the operation and what's involved in the procedure, to what should happen each day after surgery until discharge and what to expect several months later. The video also covered pain management issues, and provided information on warning signs for possible problems following discharge and where patients should go for help.

"As much as possible, we wanted patients to be able to take some ownership and not completely feel that they were handing themselves over to someone else," Dr. Crabtree said. "We wanted them to think, 'what can I do to help myself?'" This process included offering tips such as patients should exercise up to the day of their operation, they should stay active when they arrive home, and most importantly, they should quit smoking.

Between September 2009 and October 2010, 136 lung procedure patients were given the standard preoperative preparation instructions, along with the video to watch at home voluntarily. Dr. Crabtree conducted surveys upon discharge and two to four weeks after each patient's procedure to measure the perception of pain and overall satisfaction with the operative experience. At discharge, patients who did not watch the video rated their pain at 1.34 on a scale of zero to five; zero meant no pain and five meant excruciating pain. However, patients who did watch the video reported less pain, at an average score of .98.

The patient satisfaction survey also allowed patients to rate their experience from one to five. Patients who watched the video reported overall higher satisfaction scores, an average of 2.14, than patients in the control group, who rated their satisfaction at 1.85. Patients who watched the video also believed they were better prepared and reported feeling less anxious about the operation.

"As we streamline the delivery of care, better education can improve or maintain patient satisfaction," the authors wrote. Dr. Crabtree added that patien
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