Avatar-based interactive ileostomy education in hospitalized patients

McKenzie Bedra, Elizabeth Wick, Daniel Brotman, Joseph Finkelstein

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8 Scopus citations


Computer-assisted education can be an effective means for patient engagement and empowerment however the feasibility of postoperative computer-assisted ileostomy education has not been studied systematically. The purpose of this study was to assess feasibility and patient acceptance of tablet-based interactive ileostomy education in patients with new stomas, and to evaluate the impact of this education modality on knowledge and self-efficacy. An interactive multimedia education for ileostomy management guided by adult learning theories was tested in 15 hospitalized patients with new ileostomies. After using the avatar-based education, the ileostomy knowledge score improved from 27.8±3.4 to 31.3±1.5 (p < 0.002) and stoma care self-efficacy improved from 78.4±22.7 to 92.7±14.1 (p < 0.05). Attitudinal surveys and qualitative interviews demonstrated high level of acceptance and provided valuable feedback for future improvements. We concluded that avatar-based interactive instruction can potentially be an effective means to deliver health education to hospitalized patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781614992752
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2013 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Jul 5 2013Jul 7 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


OtherInternational Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2013


  • Health education
  • computer-assisted instruction
  • ileostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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