Publication date: Available online 29 December 2016
Source:American Journal of Otolaryngology
Author(s): Omid Moshtaghi, Yarah M. Haidar, Ronald Sahyouni, Ramin Rajaii, Afsheen Moshtaghi, Amin Mahmoodi, Yaser Ghavami, Harrison W. Lin, Hamid R. Djalilian
IntroductionPhysicians in the ambulatory setting face challenges in adequately educating patients in a brief office encounter.ObjectiveTo evaluate the efficacy of an iPad-based interactive educational module (iBook) in various otologic pathologies.MethodsPatients presenting with symptoms of tinnitus, dizziness, hearing loss, or cochlear implant evaluation were included. In total, 44 patients received the iBook and 22 patients served as controls. Prior to viewing the iBook, patients completed a pre-survey to assess baseline knowledge. After viewing the iBook, patients completed a post-survey to assess changes in perception and knowledge of their disease. Results were compared to that of the control group who did not receive iBook supplementation prior to being seen by the physician.ResultsPaired t-test analysis showed significant improvements (p < 0.01) in both self-reported perception and concrete understanding in various concepts when compared to pre-iBook results. This was further compared to the control group, which showed a significant gain in factual knowledge (p = 0.02).ConclusionPatients who viewed the iBook, personalized to their diagnosis, displayed significantly improved understanding of their condition. Increased use of interactive educational modalities, such as the iBook, can be of benefit to an otologic practice in improving patient education and satisfaction.