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Health Education Using Telephone and WeChat in Treatment of Symptomatic Uterine Myoma with High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Qian Zou, Guangyu Zhang, Yan Liu

(Department of Gynecology, The Affiliated Hospital of Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, Sichuan, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit Basic Res 2018; 24:127-133

DOI: 10.12659/MSMBR.911040


BACKGROUND: Adopting modern communication methods in traditional healthcare services is a trend of modern medicine. In this study we explored the value of telephone and WeChat in health education on uterine myoma by high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total number of 426 patients diagnosed with symptomatic uterine myoma from April 2017 to September 2017 were selected and randomly divided into a routine preoperative education group (175 patients) and a telephone/WeChat preoperative health education group (251 patients). The patients in the routine preoperative education group received routine preoperative education, whereas those in the telephone/WeChat preoperative health education group received telephone/WeChat preoperative health education. Patients were evaluated before and after treatment.
RESULTS: Compared with the routine preoperative education group, the patients in telephone/WeChat preoperative health education group had less preoperative and postoperative anxiety, less postoperative pain, and higher treatment satisfaction (P<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Health education using telephone and WeChat preoperatively can reduce preoperative and postoperative anxiety, postoperative pain, and early postoperative inflammatory response in patients with uterine myoma, and can improve treatment satisfaction.

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