A 3-Dimensional Anatomical Education Model in Postpartum Perineal Laceration Care: A Pre-Post Intervention Study

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of postpartum patients introduction to and interaction with a virtual 3-dimensional (3D) pelvic model on the self-care, knowledge, and anxiety parameters. Methods The model was designed from computed tomography data displaying the involvement of the levator ani in a fourth-degree perineal laceration. This 3D model was used to educate postpartum day 1 patients at the bedside. Patient data were collected using a pre and post questionnaire assessing knowledge, anxiety, and confidence in perineal wound self-care. Results Thirty-six patients were enrolled with a median age of 28.5 years (interquartile range, 31, 21.75 years) and a median parity of 1 (interquartile range, 2, 1). Patient use of the tool significantly decreased patient anxiety regarding perineal lacerations (P
Source: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery - Category: OBGYN Tags: AUGS Special Issue Submissions Source Type: research

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Patient understanding and cooperation is essential for accurate diagnosis in CT imaging. The current model of patient education prior to CT imaging involves a brief verbal explanation of the exam. This may cause suboptimal image quality due to failure to follow instructions stemmed from anxiety/confusion. Suboptimal imaging could negatively impact radiological findings and cause extra radiation exposure to patients. In turn, this could lead to decreased patient satisfaction. Research shows accessible patient-friendly material can reinforce patient knowledge, gain cooperation and alleviate fears (Blanck&Marshall, 2011).
Source: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences - Category: Radiology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: health and fitness Herpes Encephalitis symptoms of herpes encephalitis Source Type: blogs
1498Background: In our department, the method of 21 days withdrawal of levothyroxine is commonly used in differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) patients after total thyroidectomy, preparing for 131I ablation. Aim of this study was to characterize brain metabolic abnormalities in them, using 18F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT). Methods: We recruited a total of thirty-eight DTC patients (12 men, 26 women; age range, 25-69 years; mean age, 45.8 years) and thirty-four healthy subjects (7 men, 27 women; age range, 27-82 years; mean age, 48.97 years) for this cross-sectional s...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Neurology & amp; Psychiatry Imaging Posters Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Neurological Surgery Part A: Central European Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
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