Multisensory education 'can aid understanding of orthopaedic conditions'

7 October 2016

Efforts to educate patients about orthopaedic conditions could be enhanced through the use of visual and touch-based aids.

This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, which assessed 67 people with a new diagnosis of knee arthritis who agreed to a corticosteroid injection. Three consent discussion methods were used to determine which approach enhanced patient comprehension and satisfaction.

For those who received a verbal explanation of the procedure, their understanding of the topic was rated at 71 per cent. However, this rose to 74 per cent when an animated video illustrating the knee's anatomy was shown.

The highest level of understanding was seen among those who were able to touch and examine the treatment area on a physical 3D model of the knee while listening to the explanation. For this group, understanding was rated at 84 per cent.

The majority of participants also said they preferred the informed consent discussion incorporating an anatomic model, showing that so-called multisensory education methods are both more effective and more satisfying for patients.

Lead study author Dr Nkemakolam Egekeze said: "We believe that our findings may play a role in improving patient-centred outcomes and physician-patient communication in the field of orthopaedic surgery."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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