Computers can teach patients about screening for cancer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Even patients with minimal education and no computer skills can be successfully educated about health topics using computers, according to new research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Reported in the November issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the study found that patients who used a computer to learn about a screening test for colon cancer were just as knowledgeable about the topic as patients who were educated by a nurse. In addition, the two groups had equal success rates completing the screening test.

"With physicians frequently reporting inadequate time with patients, computer-assisted instruction is a potentially time-saving and cost-effective patient education solution," said David Miller Jr., M.D., lead author and an internal medicine specialist.

In addition, Miller said, the research suggests the potential for computer-assisted instruction to help increase screening rates for colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Reported barriers to screening are patient confusion about the screening process and physicians' lack of time to educate their patients.

"This study shows us that even patients with no computer experience can learn just as well from a computer program," said Miller. "The opportunities are boundless to use computers to educate patients. It can save time for a busy medical practice and allow patients to learn at their own pace."

The research involved 194 patients over age 50 whose doctors recommended a fecal occult blood test, which is completed at home. Participants were randomly assigned to learn about the test from a nurse or from an educational computer program. The two groups were similar: half of the patients had not graduated from high school and few had ever used a computer. Most of the patients (65 percent) had never received any screening tests for colon cancer.

Patients in the

Contact: Karen Richardson
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Computers: Poor placement does not compute in medical exam rooms
2. Smart mice teach scientists about learning process, brain disorders
3. Next generation of Latino drug abuse experts at UH to learn, teach
4. Resident work hour restrictions may be costly for teaching hospitals
5. Northwestern surgeon invents teaching technology for scary patient exams
6. Alcohol interventions that teach practical skills work best with high-risk university students
7. Do patients in teaching hospitals get better care?
8. M. D. Anderson teaches the art of aromatherapy to soothe and heal
9. Strategies that teach a caregiver to manage a loved ones illness also helps in coping with death
10. HIV risks reduced when mothers teach daughters about disease
11. Three Pitt teacher-scholars honored by NSF with CAREER awards

Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to ... and tested to meet the highest standard. , These products are also: ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Award of Excellence to Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s ... 4 – 8. , In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... drug delivery system that we intend to develop to enable prevention of a ... lead to severe hearing loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... is the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B ... York City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October 21, ... relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart ... , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Oct. 12, 2017 ... has recognized the company with their  2017 New Product Innovation ... is based on extensive primary and secondary medical device market ... AVACEN Medical, through its first-to-market OTC, drug-free pain relief product, ... a unique approach to treating fibromyalgia widespread pain. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... 2017  True Health, a leader in integrated ... during National Breast Cancer Awareness month to educate ... Research recently published ... more than 10 million American women are at ... or BRCA2 and have not had testing. These mutations ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... Ill. , Oct. 5, 2017  In ... Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) released ... opioids – to be used as a first-line ... pain. Recognizing ... the AAOMS White Paper "Opioid Prescribing: Acute and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: