Outcomes of videotape instruction in clinic waiting area.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)


The purpose of our study was to examine the effectiveness of general health-promotion teaching for patients in the waiting room of a clinic, using focused videotape instruction.


An experimental design was used.


Subjects were patients (N = 215) in the waiting rooms of clinics in a university medical center in the Midwest.


Patients were randomly assigned to two groups: focused videotape instruction in the clinic (n = 106) and control (no instruction in the clinic waiting area) (n = 109). The outcome measures included patient learning about a health education topic and patient satisfaction with overall care, explanations by the provider, and education received during the clinic visit.


There was a significant gain in knowledge for patients who viewed the videotape in the waiting room (t = 5.43, df = 213, p < .0001), and they were more satisfied with their education compared with the control group (t = 4.73, df = 213, p < .0001).


This study supports focused video instruction as an effective and efficient teaching intervention for disseminating health information in the waiting area.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oermann, MH; Webb, SA; Ashare, JA

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 102 - 105

PubMed ID

  • 12703393

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1542-538X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0744-6020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00006416-200303000-00006


  • eng