The information given to patients before a medical procedure is usually delivered verbally and in the form of a written document.
Viewing a video movie about the procedure might be helpful in improving the quality of patient information and thus contributed to reduce patient anxiety.
Dr Stephane Obled and colleagues from France conducted a prospective study on the methods used to deliver information to patients scheduled for liver biopsy.
The research team evaluated the impact on patients' anxiety and understanding of additional information provided by a video movie.
Patients included in this study were scheduled for liver biopsy.
|Patients were well satisfied with the standard information received|
|Gastroenterologie Clinique et Biologique|
A physician informed the patients about liver biopsy 3 days before the procedure, and gave them a written information document.
After this standard information delivery, 67 patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups.
The team randomized 33 patients in Group 1 viewed a video movie illustrating liver biopsy and recalled the information provided in the information document.
There were 34 patients in Group 2 who did not view a video movie illustrating liver biopsy.
The researchers measured anxiety after the information visit and just before the biopsy procedure.
The team used Spielberger's self-administered questionnaire.
The research team evaluated patient understanding of information received before the procedure.
Satisfaction with the information received was evaluated after the procedure.
The research team found that the level of anxiety measured at the information visit and before liver biopsy was similar in the 2 groups.
The patients had an excellent understanding of the information received.
The team noted that the patients were very satisfied with the information received.
Dr Obled's team concludes, “The patients understood and were well satisfied with the information received about liver biopsy.”
“Complementary information in the form of a video movie had no effect on patient anxiety.”