As telecommunication with doctors—telemedicine—is an increasingly popular way to skip a trip to the doctor’s office, one group of patients may be clamoring for screen-time even when a doctor is right in front of them.
For 88 patients preparing for surgery, a short medical video viewed on an iPad was overwhelmingly preferred for explaining the procedure and ensuring informed consent over actual face-time with the doctor. The randomized, controlled trial, presented at the annual European Association of Urology Congress being held this week in Munich, suggests that technology may be an effective tool for doctors to better prepare patients for treatments.
“Often doctors work within busy practices and clinical environments with time limiting the quality of a consult and or verbal consent for a procedure,” lead researcher Matthew Winter of the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, said in a statement. “Through the use of portable video media, a doctor can present his/her own practice and procedural technique in an innovative, dynamic, and engaging manner.”