Ethics, Fluoroscopy, Interventional non-vascular, Education and training
T. Vassallo1, M. Maher2, A. Mizzi1, R. Depasquale1, L. Rainford2; 1Msida/MT, 2Dublin/IE
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 and provide 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 and processed at the patient's pace.(4,5,6) PILs also offer the potential of enhancing the patient consent process. However a question raised by many literature sources is: do patients really understand the leaflet material that is aimed at supporting the patients participation in their own healthcare?(4,7,8,9,10)
This study aimed to develop PILs for: (i) varicoceole and (ii) fluoroscopy guided joint injection (FLGJI) examinations,
to serve as an educational tool for patients,
aiding informed consent.