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Open Access 08-06-2024 | Dupuytren Disease | Handsurgery

Is there an impact of a video-based patient informed consent in elective hand surgery?

Authors: Justus Osterloh, Wibke Müller-Seubert, Aijia Cai, Andreas Arkudas, Raymund R. E. Horch

Published in: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

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Abstract

Background

Patient informed consent is a crucial subject in preoperative care of patients before elective hand surgery, ensuring that patients have the necessary information and a comprehensive understanding to make autonomous decisions. The use of video-based informed consent systems is an innovative concept to enhance the consent process with multimedia tools. In addition to the conventional process, mostly relying on verbal communication and written documents, the video-based approach aims to present information in a standardized and visually appealing format.

Methods

In this study, 33 patients were asked to watch a video on a tablet about the planned elective hand surgery after a conventional pre-treatment consultation including informed consent throughout verbal explanations and paper forms by an attending physician or resident. All patients were asked to complete a questionnaire after watching the video.

Results

An overwhelming majority of participants, specifically 97.0%, stated that the video improved their understanding of the upcoming surgery. 90.9% of the participant would refer the video to other patients undergoing elective hand surgery, while 72.7% of participants indicated that they would have appreciated the opportunity to view an informational video before undergoing different types of surgeries in the past.

Conclusion

The use of a video-based patient information system in elective hand surgery had a positive impact on patient education and satisfaction with the informed consent process. Therefore, it is a powerful tool in preoperative management to guarantee a standardized and educative informed consent.
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Metadata
Title
Is there an impact of a video-based patient informed consent in elective hand surgery?
Authors
Justus Osterloh
Wibke Müller-Seubert
Aijia Cai
Andreas Arkudas
Raymund R. E. Horch
Publication date
08-06-2024
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Published in
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Print ISSN: 0936-8051
Electronic ISSN: 1434-3916
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00402-024-05291-9