With the increased use of CA as a treatment technique, the prevalence of AF is fast increasing. Individuals undergoing this procedure receive a wide range of education, with varying degrees of information and few standards. Most of the people use the internet as a source of information. Online patient information, on the other hand, is subjected to limited regulation.

Researchers conducted a cross-sectional observational study to obtain all freely available online educational resources about CA for AF till October 1, 2019. They used Google, Yahoo, and Bing as their search engines. The PEMAT (Patient Education Material Assessment Tool) was used to assess the quality of web-based and printable patient education materials. The PEMAT score is an objective measure of educational material's understandability and actionability. 

The researchers examined 17 websites and 15 printable resources in total. Non- government organizations generated 19 % of the materials, while private or university hospitals developed the other 75%. Nineteen resources were rated as highly understandable (59.4%), including nine websites (52.9%) and ten printable tools (66.7%). Seven (21.9%) resources were rated actionable, including six (35.3%) websites and one (6.7%) printable tool.

Conclusion

The study's authors concluded that the overall understandability of educational CA content was good, but actionability may be better. Summaries, visual aids, and tools like checklists may help to improve quality. Their findings have important significance for the development of patient education material for CA in AF.

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Keywords

atrial fibrillation,arrhythmia,transcatheter therapy

Source

https://www.docwirenews.com/abstracts/quality-evaluation-of-patient-educational-resources-for-catheter-ablation-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation/amp/#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16331588042748&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com

Tags

Disease Condition ,Therapeutic Modality ,Arrhythmias,Interventional Cardiology,Atrial Fibrillation,Trans catheter Therapy