Three of the authors are affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago: Magdalyn Patyk is the patient education coordinator in the department of nursing development, Sandra Gaynor is the director of nursing development, and Vivian Ott is a staff nurse in the surgical intensive care unit. James Kelly is the director of the brain injury program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and an associate professor of rehabilitation medicine and neurology at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.
Touch-Screen Computerized Education for Patients with Brain Injuries
Version of Record online: 10 JUL 2012
1998 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 84–87, March-April 1998
How to Cite
Patyk, M., Gaynor, S., Kelly, J. and Ott, V. (1998), Touch-Screen Computerized Education for Patients with Brain Injuries. Rehabilitation Nursing, 23: 84–87. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1998.tb02135.x
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The use of computer technology for patient education has increased in recent years. This article describes a study that measures the attitudes and perceptions of healthcare professionals and laypeople regarding the effectiveness of a multimedia computer, the Brain Injury Resource Center™ (BIRC), as an educational tool. The study focused on three major themes: (a) usefulness of the information presented, (b) effectiveness of the multimedia touch-screen computer methodology, and (c) the appropriate time for making this resource available. This prospective study, conducted in an acute care medical center, obtained healthcare professionals' evaluations using a written survey and responses from patients with brain injury and their families during interviews. The findings have yielded excellent ratings as to the ease of understanding and usefulness of the BIRC. By using sight, sound, and touch, such a multimedia learning center has the potential to simplify patient and family education.