July 1992

Pediatric Medical Advice Enhanced With Use of Video

Author Affiliations

University of Hawaii School of Medicine Division of Pediatrics Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic 1010 Pensacola St Honolulu, HI 96814

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(7):785-786. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160190015004

Sir.—Countless times every day, pediatricians repeat standard medical advice to parents and patients at office visits. There is variable understanding and retention of information.1 Use of video can enhance patient education, but there has been a delay in the introduction of video into the pediatric office because administering video programs has been impractical and cumbersome in busy pediatric offices due to space and time limitations. It is popular to show general pediatric videos in the waiting room, but such administration is not educationally effective2 and is not meant to give specific diagnosis-based medical advice. Most existing videotapes are long, cumbersome, and inefficient to administer; most do not use televisionquality production techniques to increase comprehension and hold viewer attention. If properly administered, high-quality videos can enhance patient understanding and retention of information as well as improve clinical compliance.3 They can also enable clinicians to more easily

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