Regis collaborates with BWFH on iPad study
Is it more effective for patients to read instructions before surgery on a piece of paper or by watching a video on an iPad? A new study by Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, will answer that question.
The collaborative study, “iPad Education to Optimize Patient Teaching and Efficiency in the Preoperative Setting,” aims to increase a patient’s knowledge and satisfaction, and decrease patient anxiety. BWFH’s Nurse Scientist and Regis College Professor Margaret Oot-Hayes, PhD, RN, and Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation Nurse Practitioner Robin Kaufman, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, are the lead investigators of the study. The study was funded by a Regis faculty grant made possible by alumna Virginia Pyne Kaneb.
The study, launched in mid-January, gives a control group the standard paper version of the perioperative instructions and the experimental group receives an iPad to watch a video version of the instructions. “We hope that technological innovations are adopted in all units of the hospital to improve patient outcomes and reduce ineffective processes,” said Oot-Hayes.
The eight-minute video was produced by Patrick Brosnan Photography. Six iPads were donated by Regis and BWFH’s Director of Perioperative Services Kathleen Merrigan, MSN, RN, secured the donation of iPad covers and headphones. Results are expected by the spring.
Regis is a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston with over 1,900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third time. The intergenerational and multifaceted Weston campus includes a pre-school and a Life Long Learning program (LLARC) for senior adults with a passion for learning. Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is an initiative of the Regis Institute of Advancing Studies (IAS) in partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and dedicated to bachelor’s degree completion in nursing, public health and other health sciences. Regis is also an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018. Visit Regis on the Web at www.regiscollege.edu.