Preoperative videos help to cut patient anxiety
Surgery patients at the Mayo Clinic in Florida who watched a series of internally developed pre-operation educational videos felt less anxious than those who did not, according to a study published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research.
The effort focused on educating patients set to undergo hip and knee replacements about their forthcoming hospital experience in a manner complementary to face-to-face consultations. High anxiety, the authors said, has been linked to increased and sustained pain levels for patients following joint replacement operations.
Similar research presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Munich last month found that surgical patients who used a tablet computer to view a pre-operation video narrated by a doctor about their procedure reported they had a better idea of what to expect. While the authors of that study noted that a most patients preferred the video to an in-person consultation, they also said that use of portable video media should not replace consent.
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