The purpose of our study was to examine the effectiveness of general health-promotion teaching for patients in the waiting room of a clinic, using focused videotape instruction.
An experimental design was used.
Subjects were patients (N = 215) in the waiting rooms of clinics in a university medical center in the Midwest.
Patients were randomly assigned to two groups: focused videotape instruction in the clinic (n = 106) and control (no instruction in the clinic waiting area) (n = 109). The outcome measures included patient learning about a health education topic and patient satisfaction with overall care, explanations by the provider, and education received during the clinic visit.
There was a significant gain in knowledge for patients who viewed the videotape in the waiting room (t = 5.43, df = 213, p < .0001), and they were more satisfied with their education compared with the control group (t = 4.73, df = 213, p < .0001).
This study supports focused video instruction as an effective and efficient teaching intervention for disseminating health information in the waiting area.
Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Sue A. Webb, MSN, CS, Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Jo Ann Ashare, MSN, CS, Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.