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Foot Ankle Spec. 2008 Feb;1(1):30-8. doi: 10.1177/1938640007312299..

The practical application of multimedia technology to facilitate the education and treatment of patients with plantar fasciitis: a pilot study.

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Victorian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Clinic, Epworth Private Hospital, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.


This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of a multimedia patient education module when incorporated into the standard treatment protocol for patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. A thorough, standardized surgeon-patient education discourse took place following diagnosis. At the conclusion of the consultation, patients viewed the multimedia module. Questionnaires designed to assess understanding and satisfaction with information delivery were completed by patients following the consultation and again after viewing the module. Forty-one patients participated in the study. After viewing the module, patients achieved an average of 87% correct responses on the knowledge questionnaire, a significant improvement (P < .0001) over the 64% achieved following the surgeon-patient discourse. Ease of understanding of the information delivered by the module was rated significantly better (P < .0001) than the surgeon-patient discourse. Ninety-eight percent of patients indicated they felt well informed about plantar fasciitis following viewing the module compared with 68% following the surgeon-patient discourse. Sixty-three percent of patients indicated that the module best answered their questions, 7% preferred the surgeon, and 30% rated both equally. Multimedia plantar fasciitis educational material improved patient understanding of the standard treatment protocol and satisfaction with the information delivery in an orthopedic private practice.

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