Patient education involving the use of multiple senses (sight, hearing and touch) during a physician-patient conversation about treatment, also known as “informed consent,” improves understanding of anticipated care and possible outcomes, according to a new study appearing in today’s issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).
“The field of orthopaedics is primed to take a leadership role in improving physician-patient communication during the process of informed consent,” said lead study author and principal investigator Nkemakolam Egekeze, MD. “Our study is the first randomized controlled trial to evaluate patient comprehension of a multisensory informed consent discussion.”
In the study, 67 people with a new diagnosis of knee arthritis agreed to a corticosteroid injection. Researchers evaluated three informed consent discussion methods to determine which approach enhanced patient comprehension and satisfaction.
The patients were placed randomly into one of three groups: verbal, where the patient listened to a discussion script explaining their treatment; verbal and video, where the patient listened to a discussion script while watching a silent animated knee anatomy video; and, verbal and model, where patients listened to the discussion script while touching and showing the treatment areas on a three dimensional model of the knee.
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