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Orthopedics. 2001 Jul;24(7):683-5.

Use of audiotapes for patient education, medical record documentation, and informed consent in lower extremity reconstruction.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.


Since 1992, the authors have audiotaped each new patient visit and provided a copy of that tape to the patient. In addition, an office copy of the entire patient interaction is maintained in an office file. One hundred twelve patients seen over a 6-month period participated in a survey measuring their satisfaction with this procedure, and six attorneys were surveyed after listening to a representative tape. Ninety percent of patients had positive comments about receiving the tape. Seventy percent played the tape for others, most commonly their spouses. The attorneys concluded the patient was well served by this process, and there were no increased malpractice issues or exposure. The cost of providing patients with the tapes is minimal, and the high level of patient satisfaction and increased understanding offer a considerable benefit to patients and office staff.

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