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The use of video information in obtaining consent for female sterilisation: a randomised study

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Providing additional information by video in addition to the standard consultation in women requesting sterilisation increases patients' knowledge about the procedure with no change in anxiety levels. Design

Randomised control trial in 6 weeks. Population

Women requesting sterilisation ( n= 31 ). Setting

Gynaecology clinics in two teaching hospitals. Methods

Comparison of providing additional information by video in addition to the standard consultation with the standard consultation. Main outcome measures

Patients' knowledge of sterilisation, anxiety levels and acceptance of the video approach. Results

Women receiving video information as well as the standard consultation had significantly higher knowledge scores compared with women only receiving the conventional consultation. Women undergoing a conventional consultation (no video) in a nurse-led dedicated sterilisation clinic had significantly higher knowledge scores than women having their consultation in a general gynaecological clinic. There were no differences in anxiety levels between the groups. Information giving by video was acceptable to the majority of women. Conclusion

Videos are a reliable and consistent method of delivering information to women requesting female sterilisation.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Human Development, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, UK

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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