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ECR 2019 / C-2979
Impact of an information leaflet on parental knowledge, anxiety and satisfaction in an Irish paediatric Computed Tomography Department
Congress: ECR 2019
Poster No.: C-2979
Type: Scientific Exhibit
Keywords: Paediatric, CT, Education, Radiation safety, Education and training
Authors: N. Kirk, C. Saidlear; Dublin/IE


Parental knowledge of CT was evaluated by comparing correct, incorrect and ‘don’t know’ responses. Anxiety and satisfaction were evaluated by comparing the mean rank figures for the control and study groups. 


Parental knowledge of CT

The mean and median values for the correct responses for the study group were slightly higher compared to those of the control group (Figure 3). The mean and median values for the incorrect and ‘don’t know’ responses for the study group were slightly lower than those of the control group. In some questions the study group appears to have provided more incorrect answers and less ‘don’t know’ responses suggesting a false confidence in their knowledge of CT. This also raises the question of how effective an information leaflet is.


Information wants and seeking behaviours

36% of participants in the study group sought further information prior to attending for the appointment. This is noticeably higher compared to the control group, where only 7% of participants sought further information.


40% of participants within the control group would’ve preferred further information, which is higher compared to the study group, where 14% of participants would have preferred further information.


Anxiety and satisfaction

The mean rank for anxiety in the study group (9.93) was much lower in comparison with the control group (19.73), which was statistically significant. When comparing the control and study groups, scores over 50 were considered high anxiety. Figure 4 demonstrates the lower percentage of high anxiety scores amongst the study group (14% gave a score greater than 50) compared with that of the control group (26% gave a score greater than 50).


The mean rank for satisfaction for the study group was higher (18.68) compared to that of the control group (11.57). This difference was also statistically significant. The satisfaction scores from participants were overall very high. The lowest satisfaction score was 66 from a participant in the control group. Satisfaction scores greater than 90 were considered as extremely satisfied. Figure 5 demonstrates the difference between the control group (66% gave a score greater than 90) and the study group (92% gave a score greater than 90).



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