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Research Letter
February 7, 2019

Assessment of Application-Driven Postoperative Care in the Pediatric Tonsillectomy Population: A Survey-Based Pilot Study

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online February 7, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.3647

Smart device–based applications (apps) are enjoying an exponential increase in productivity and usability.1,2 Health care has fallen behind in incorporating smartphone technology in communication and education with patients. At our institution, parents receive postoperative instructions in the form of a paper pamphlet. The usefulness of disseminating postoperative information via paper instructions has not been studied. It is our hypothesis that the practice of paper instructions could be improved and that parents would prefer information relayed via a smartphone format.

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