Clinician-created video for patient education on medications following Myocardial Infarction

Sul Ki Kim, Aravinda Thiagalingam

Background: Coronary heart disease is the leading single cause of disease burden and death in Australia. Often the diagnosis of a myocardial infarction comes as a shock to patients, and their ability to retain information may be questionable during such an acute period. Furthermore, with advanced reperfusion therapies, patients are experiencing shorter hospital stays, which can result in inadequate written discharge instructions and education regarding their new medications and secondary prevention.

Aims: The aim of the clinician-created video is to examine the outcome of tailored and practical eHealth video education in addition to standard clinical care for patients suffering myocardial infarction. Outcomes measured will include patient satisfaction, anxiety, and knowledge about myocardial infarction and associated therapies.

Methods: Two cardiology clinicians at Westmead Hospital produced a 4.5-minute video using VideoScribe software (Sparkol Inc. USA). The video was published to an online video platform and the link generated can be accessed on any handheld device or computer (

Results: Preliminary feedback via REDCap (Likert-style scale) from three non-clinician participants demonstrate that the information presented via video is appropriate for the targeted audience, very useful for patients, and strongly agreed with being interesting and engaging.

Conclusions: Video education appears to be a viable and engaging tool to supplement standard clinical information provided by treating clinicians. The next stage will be to develop pre- and post-video questionnaires to assess outcomes in patient knowledge and subsequent delivery of the video education to cardiology patients.