Patients' and care providers' perceptions of television-based education in the intensive care unit

Melissa L.Thompson Bastin, Grant Tyler Short, Aaron M. Cook, Katie Rust, Alexander H. Flannery

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Background Delivery of patient education materials to promote health literacy is a vital component of patientcentered care, which improves patients' decision-making, reduces patients' anxiety, and improves clinical outcomes. Objectives To evaluate perceptions of television-based patient education among patients, caregivers, nurses, and other care providers (attending physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and resident fellows) in the intensive care unit. Methods A Likert-scale survey of the perceptions of patients, caregivers, nurses, and other care providers in the medical and cardiovascular intensive care units of a large academic medical center. Perceptions of the effects of television-based education on anxiety, knowledge, and health-related decision-making were assessed. Results A total of 188 participants completed the survey. Among them, 75% of nurses and 76% of other providers agreed or strongly agreed that television-based education improved patients' and caregivers' knowledge (P = .95). More nurses (47%) than other providers (29%) agreed that television-based education would lead to more informed health decisions by patients (P = .04). Patients and caregivers are 23 times more likely than providers to strongly agree that television-based education reduces anxiety, and they are more optimistic regarding the benefits of television-based education (relative risk ratio 23.47; 95% CI 9.75-56.45; P < .001). Conclusion Patients and caregivers strongly suggested that television is a useful tool for providing health literacy education in an intensive care unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Critical Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

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FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES The project described herein was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (grant no. UL1TR001998). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The authors have no conflicts of interest.

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© 2019 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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  • Critical Care


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