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J Fam Pract. 1989 Jul;29(1):55-7.

Comparison between videotape and personalized patient education for anticoagulant therapy.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester 01655.


To assess the effectiveness of videotape patient education, 22 patients were randomized to receive either videotape or personalized teaching for oral anticoagulant (warfarin) therapy. Both groups scored significantly higher on a questionnaire designed to assess knowledge gained after instruction, with no significant difference between the two groups. Videotape instruction required substantially less nursing time. A second questionnaire assessed patient satisfaction with respect to both methods, which were rated equally effective and worthwhile. Videotape teaching is an effective and well-accepted alternative form of patient education requiring significantly less personnel time.

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