Video-otoscopy in children and patient-centered care: A randomized, controlled study

Oded Rimon, Yaniv Avraham, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Anthony Luder, Danna Krupik, Peter Gilbey

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Abstract

Objectives: Medicine today is moving towards patient centered care and patient empowerment. This enhances patient autonomy, allows shared decision making and increases satisfaction. Current technology enables the caregiver to share visual data with the patients, making them more active participants in a medical encounter. It has been shown that higher patient satisfaction rate has a positive effect on outcome and patient compliance. Otoscopic examination is one of the most common procedures performed in the pediatric population. Video-otoscopy uses endoscopic technology to project the image of the tympanic membrane onto a monitor visible to both the physician and the patient. The objective of this study is to assess whether video-otoscopy used in a pediatric emergency department can improve patient-centeredness and parental satisfaction with treatment. Methods: A randomized, controlled study comparing video-otoscopy with conventional otoscopy was performed. Patients were randomized into 2 groups. In one, ear examination was performed by video-otoscopy and in the other by conventional otoscopy. Following examination, parents in both groups were asked to fill a questionnaire regarding their satisfaction with the otoscopic examination and the patient-centeredness of the encounter. Results: 60 children were recruited and were randomized into two groups: 30 in the video-otoscopy group and 30 in the conventional otoscopy group. Parental satisfaction was significantly higher in the video-otoscopy group. The level of patient-centeredness was significantly higher in the video-otoscopy group. There was a positive correlation between patient-centeredness and parental satisfaction in both groups, with a significantly higher correlation in the video-otoscopy group. Conclusions: Video-otoscopy was found to encourage patient-centered care and increase parental satisfaction with otoscopy. There is a significantly higher positive correlation between patient-centeredness and parental satisfaction when video-otoscopy is used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2286-2289
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume79
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015

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© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Keywords

  • NCT02340429
  • Patient-centered care
  • Person-centered care
  • Video otoscope
  • Video otoscopy

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