Online program reduces colonoscopy patients' anxiety

11/15/2013 | Healthcare Informatics online

A study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine found that an interactive online patient engagement program lessened anxiety experienced by first-time colonoscopy patients. Researchers also found that the sedation medication needed by participants in the program was 18% less than those who received DHMC's printed pre-procedure colonoscopy packet. "Patients have a lot of anxiety about colonoscopy, mostly due to uncertainty about the prep, the procedure and what might be found. If they come in more knowledgeable about the procedure, they know what to expect and are more comfortable and relaxed once they arrive at the hospital and during the procedure itself," said Dr. Corey Siegel, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at DHMC.

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