Research Article

Patients' knowledge of their condition and treatment: how it might be improved.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6185.311 (Published 04 August 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:311
  1. H Dunkelman

    Abstract

    A study was carried out in which patients were asked questions to assess their knowledge of their condition and treatment, the questions relating particularly to care before siting an intravenous infusion and preoperative care. A high proportion of patients knew little about the procedure they were about to undergo. It is recommended that patients should be told more about matters relating to their condition and treatment. Written information could be given to supplement that given verbally by staff. A check list might be drawn up to ensure that patients receive all relevant information.