Improving patient comprehension and recall of discharge instructions by supplementing free texts with pictographs.

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Journal Article

Inpatient discharge instructions provide critical information for patients to manage their own care. These instructions are typically free-text and not easy for patients to understand and remember. In this pilot study, we developed a set of pictographs through a participatory design process and used them to enhance two mock-up discharge instructions. Tested on 13 healthy volunteers, the pictograph enhancement resulted in statistically significant better recall rates (p<0.001). This suggests that patient comprehension and recall of discharge instructions could be improved by supplementing free texts with pictographs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zeng-Treitler, Q; Kim, H; Hunter, M

Published Date

  • November 6, 2008

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 849 - 853

PubMed ID

  • 18999109

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18999109

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1942-597X

Language

  • eng