Ethics, Fluoroscopy, Interventional non-vascular, Education and training
T. Vassallo1, M. Maher2, A. Mizzi1, R. Depasquale1, L. Rainford2; 1Msida/MT, 2Dublin/IE
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 stakeholder involvement and the use of validated readability scoring/rating was deemed an appropriate element of the research methodology.
The findings indicate that the patients do use the leaflets even post procedure at home.
Radiology was supportive and involved in all stages of the PIL production. The radiologists were satisfied and noted an improved confidence in patient understanding of the procedure and aftercare requirements and a positive impact on clinical service was identified.
PILs with adequate quality and information,
can be a good precursor to obtain informed consent. Thus PILs should include information that is usually given by the radiologist in order to obtain informed consent.
Lack of patient information about procedures can leave some patients feeling insecure,
impeding patient co-operation and clear decision making.16,17 Moreover,
PILs may provide emotional support –deemed important by the patient when assessing overall experience and quality of care.18 Thus it is important for imaging departments to increase quality of information and upgrade PILs,
to ensure that patients are satisfied with the amount and standard of health literature offered.