Aims and objectives
Radiology interventional procedures are continually developing,
requiring associated patient information leaflets (PILs). The general notion is that PILs are an essential educational tool for patients who are eager to acquire more information regarding their personal health and procedures to make informed decisions as "without information there is no choice." (1,2,3) PILs can help to fill information gaps andprovide the patient with tangible and accurate information that can be referred to at any time after consultation with the added advantage that the information can be read...
Methods and materials
Patient interviews were planned to investigate the effectiveness of proposed PILs.
Main themes such as: patient understanding of information in the PIL,
readability and recall of information,
compliance/adherance to instructions and patient satisfaction were focussed upon. These were explored to gain more insight about the value of providing a PIL with every patient appointment (fig.
What are the key points which need to be included in a PIL for patients attending interventional radiology procedures – varicoceole embolisation and FLGJI?
The results presented include scores and ratings interpreted accordingly.(12,13,14) The varicoceole embolisation leaflet scored 54.4 and is therefore rated as fairly difficult to read. It also had a rating of 9.4 meaning that the reading age is suitable for a 14-15 year old.
The FLGJI leaflet achieved a score of 62.2 and is therefore of plain English standard. It also had a rating of 7.6,
meaning that the reading age is suitable for a 12-13 year old.
The total cohort of...
Time available to undertake this study was a limitation. However,
26 varicocoele embolisations were performed last year and 17 were completed in the 22 weeks period of data collection. Likewise for FLGJI,
39 were performed in 2016 whilst 47 patients participated in this study.
The findings are relevant to the participating centre and specifically the Maltese population.
All the participants claimed that they had found the leaflets easy to read,
understand and to adhere to instructions.
The findings demonstrated the need for all...
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(2004). Director for patients and the public ‘Better information,
Putting information at the centre of health’. Introduction. p.2
Prospective randomised controlled trial on the role of patient information leaflets in obtaining informed consent.
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