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Orthopedics. 2013 Mar;36(3):205-8. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20130222-06.

Tablets in trauma: using mobile computing platforms to improve patient understanding and experience.

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Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Combe Park, Bath, United Kingdom. nickfurness@


Tablets are becoming commonplace in the health care setting. Patients often request to view their radiographs after sustaining trauma. This can be challenging, especially if patients are immobile. The authors performed a prospective, questionnaire-based study to assess inpatient desire to view radiographs on tablets and whether viewing images affected patient-rated outcomes of understanding and satisfaction. Enabling trauma patients to view their images on a tablet is a worthwhile practice because it improves patient involvement in decision making, satisfaction, perceived understanding, and overall experience.

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