In June 2016, Dr. Sowerby and his colleagues published a paper in The Laryngoscope on the process of informed consent for ESS (Laryngoscope. 2016;126:1273-1278). The researchers found an early improvement in overall risk recall in patients who finished an interactive multimedia module (see Figure 1). While patients expressed preference for the module, the study didn’t show sustained improvement in recall.
Still, the report concluded that it is important to integrate multimedia tools into the otolaryngologist’s armamentarium for clinical practice. “Simple, interactive multimedia education modules offer a cost-effective, efficient, and effective platform to supplement the traditional informed consent process,” they concluded.
“The thing I like about the multimedia slideshow we have created is that it gives us control of what patients are seeing,” Dr. Sowerby added. “Sometimes patients don’t feel duly informed, and if they don’t, they’re going to do a Google search, and they’re going to see what shows up there, and they may or may not be reading things that are A) factual or B) realistic to their specific case. So, having some control over that, I think, is beneficial. It lets us ensure that the discussion is [going] in the direction it needs to be for that specific patient.”