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Digital multimedia books produced using iBooks Author for pre-operative surgical patient information

Briggs, M, Wilkinson, C and Golash, A (2014) Digital multimedia books produced using iBooks Author for pre-operative surgical patient information. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, 37 (3-4). pp. 59-64. ISSN 1745-3054

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Presenting patients with medical information and ensuring informed consent can be difficult due to patients with varying levels of literacy, physical and mental disabilities and spoken languages. Patients obtaining information from external sources, such as the internet, can also be problematic as the information can be irrelevant, inaccurate or misleading. A patient satisfaction study was performed in order to assess the effectiveness of using ebooks in order to communicate pre and post surgical information to neurosurgical patients. 3 digital books were produced using iBooks Author (a free desktop publishing program designed by Apple) including ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion), lumbar laminectomy and lumbar discectomy. Each book contained written information organised into sections and chapters along with an array of multimedia elements including 3D animations, interactive diagrams, 3D models of anatomy and patient experience videos. 32 volunteer patients were then presented with the digital books via an iPad during their preoperative assessment and then asked to complete a questionnaire. The results demonstrated a demand for this type of digital presentation of medical information and also showed patients no longer felt the need to seek further information from external sources.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine on 01/10/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/17453054.2014.974516
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 10:36
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 04:29
DOI or ID number: 10.3109/17453054.2014.974516
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2213
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