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Animation-supported consent for Interventional Radiology (IR) in the time of COVID: a pilot service improvement initiative.

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Ghali Salahia ,

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, GB
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David S Wald,

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, GB
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Richard White

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, GB
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Abstract

Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique obstacles to seeking valid consent prior to image-guided interventions. Lack of face-to-face contact, time constraints, and reduced workforce compounded traditional challenges like language barriers and incomplete understanding. We integrated digital animations into our patient pathway for peripheral angiography/angioplasty and assessed the impact on patient understanding before consent.

Methods: Multi-language animations (English, Welsh, and Arabic) explaining peripheral angiography and angioplasty (www.explainmyprocedure.com/bevan) were introduced into the patient pathway at a National centre in Wales (see Figure 1). Website links and QR codes were sent to patients so they could watch the animation prior to attending a virtual telephone clinic with interventional radiologists. Patient-reported understanding of the procedure, its intended benefits, risks, and alternative options was assessed in 20 consecutive patients before introduction of the animations (no animation group) and in 12 consecutive patients after their introduction (animation group). Patient understanding in the two groups was compared.

Results: Animation-supported consent was feasible and widely appreciate by staff and patients. The proportions of patients who completely understood the procedure and its benefits, risks, and alternatives were 55%, 65%, 15% and 10% respectively in the ""no animation"" group, and 83%, 83%, 67% and 67% in the ""animation"" group (p=0.1, 0.2, <0.05, and <0.05 respectively for each comparison).

Conclusion: Integration of multi-language digital animations explaining interventional radiology procedures into the patient pathway was associated with substantial improvement in patient understanding before consent, overcame obstacles imposed by COVID-19, and provides a model for integrated digitally supported care beyond the pandemic.

How to Cite: Salahia G, Wald DS, White R. Animation-supported consent for Interventional Radiology (IR) in the time of COVID: a pilot service improvement initiative.. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2022;22(S3):489. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.ICIC22391
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Published on 04 Nov 2022.

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