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26 October 2016 : Review article  

Use of Multimedia Technology in the Doctor-Patient Relationship for Obtaining Patient Informed Consent

Andrzej MichalskiAEF, Marcin StopaEF, Bogdan MiśkowiakEF

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.894147

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:3994-3999

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Patient informed consent for surgery or for high-risk methods of treatment or diagnosis means that unlawful breach of the patient’s personal interests is avoided and the patient accepts the risk of surgery and takes the brunt of it. Patient awareness – their knowledge of the condition and circumstances of continued therapeutic procedure, including offered and available methods of treatment and their possible complications – constitutes a particular aspect of the informed-consent process. The rapid development of technologies and methods of treatment may cause communication problems between the doctor and the patient regarding the scope and method of patient education prior to surgery. The use of multimedia technology (e.g., videos of surgical procedures, computer animation, and graphics), in addition to media used in preoperative patient education, may be a factor in improving the quality of the informed consent process. Studies conducted in clinical centers show that with use of multimedia technology, patients remember more of the information presented. The use of new technology also makes it possible to reduce the difference in the amount of information assimilated by patients with different levels of education. The use of media is a way to improve the quality of preoperative patient education and, at the same time, a step towards their further empowerment in the healing process.

Keywords: Informed Consent, Comprehension, Multimedia, Patient Education as Topic - methods, Patient Satisfaction, Physician-Patient Relations, Preoperative Care, Surveys and Questionnaires

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