The purpose of this study was to explore whether passive watching of a stroke videotape in the Emergency Department waiting room could be an effective method for patient education. The setting was an urban, inner city teaching hospital. After providing informed consent, subjects were randomized into two arms: those watching a 12-min educational video on stroke developed by the American Stroke Association (video group) and those not undergoing an intervention (control group). Both groups were administered a 13-question quiz covering different stroke-related issues, but only the video group received this same test again after the completion of the educational program. Those enrolled were contacted after 1 month to determine knowledge retention via the same test. Immediately after watching the educational program, participants demonstrated improved knowledge of stroke-related questions, with an increase of test scores from 6.7 ± 2.5 to 9.5 ± 2.6 (p < 0.01). Even at the 1-month follow-up, the video group had significantly higher test scores than the control group. A stroke educational videotape improves the knowledge of this dangerous disease and may be a valuable and relatively low-cost tool for focused patient education in the Emergency Department waiting room.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Emergency Medicine
- emergency department
- stroke education
- video education