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Top 10 Reasons Hospitals Should Use Video in Patient Education

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Top 10 Reasons Hospitals Should Use Video in Patient Education

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Video continues to explode as a medium for education and, while still a little slow to catch on, is a very important learning tool in healthcare for both in-patient as well as on-line use. Today’s hospitals provide video to patients either through DVD’s, a dedicated patient education channel or by video on demand. What are some of the benefits of using video for in-patient education? Here are our picks:

  1. Video improves learning because it uses sight, sound and motion to present simple illustrations of complex medical topics and issues.
  2. Video can present information in a manner that verbal descriptions, or talking alone, simply cannot convey.
  3. Video helps bridge educational barriers, i.e. patients with low reading skills can learn more easily from video.
  4. Video helps overcome language barriers because illustrations and pictorial-based procedures communicate without words.
  5. Video is a tool that helps nurses and patient educators enhance their patient interactions during follow up discussions by providing a point of reference or common ground for discussion.
  6. Video is consistent. While the practitioner may accidentally omit something during multiple, repetitive discussions, the video never varies.
  7. Video helps the educator illustrate or model proper patient behavior as well as show what to do rather than what not to do.
  8. Video is very beneficial for family caregivers because it provides them with valuable information and helps reduce the anxiety and fear they may feel when thinking about how they will administer in-home care after discharge.
  9. Video helps patients understand and better prepare themselves as they face life changing diseases such as Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic illnesses.
  10. Video can help patients and families with end of life decisions as patients with a chronic disease will face important decisions regarding their on-going care.

Video can fundamentally change our healthcare system because video can be used to illustrate change over time. As an example, what benefits can a patient receive if they correctly follow discharge orders? Conversely, what are the consequences of failing to follow discharge orders? Video can clearly show the negatives associated with failure to keep up with meds or instructions for patients with chronic illnesses. As an example, a doctor can tell a non-compliant diabetic that if they don’t comply with diet and exercise advice and maintain their medications properly they will lose a foot to amputation. However, if this same doctor shows a video of actual patients who experienced an avoidable amputation and then discusses the video’s implications his or her instructions may carry more weight with the patient. Show these same videos to family members and a very different level of peer pressure may also impact how a patient feels about following care instructions.

What do you think? Can the reality of real, authentic video used as a supplement to standard doctor patient discussions make a difference? Please leave your thoughts as a comment.

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