A new study has found that using EngagedMD’s interactive video-based educational platform (VEP) before an in-person vasectomy consultation can improve patient knowledge and satisfaction with their care.
The randomized controlled trial involved 31 patients who were either given access to the VEP or received standard in-person counseling only. Patients who had access to the VEP scored significantly higher on a baseline knowledge assessment compared to those who received standard counseling.
Additionally, all patients who used the VEP agreed that it educated them on the risks and benefits of vasectomy, and 86% of patients said that using the VEP made them more satisfied with their care.
The VEP was designed by EngagedMD with input from the urology team. Patients were given access to the platform one to two weeks prior to their consult appointment. Upon arrival for consultation, a 10-question comprehension assessment based on the American Urological Association guidelines for vasectomy counseling was administered.
Pre-consult anxiety was assessed using a modified Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Post-consult educational material and care satisfaction were assessed with custom Likert surveys.
The study's authors suggest that video education before in-person consultation is a feasible and worthwhile intervention to improve patient knowledge and care satisfaction. They also note that further studies are needed to determine whether the VEP can increase clinic efficiency and reduce the frequency of pre-procedural encounters with the care team.
Overall, this study highlights the potential benefits of using technology to improve patient education and satisfaction in healthcare. By providing patients with access to interactive educational materials before their consultation, healthcare providers can help patients make more informed decisions about their care and improve their overall experience.