Citation Angott AM, Comerford DA & Ubel PA (2013) Imagining life with an ostomy: Does a video intervention improve quality-of-life predictions for a medical condition that may elicit disgust?. Patient Education and Counseling, 91 (1), pp. 113-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2012.10.015
Abstract Objective: To test a video intervention as a way to improve predictions of mood and quality-of-life with an emotionally evocative medical condition. Such predictions are typically inaccurate, which can be consequential for decision making.
Method: In Part 1, people presently or formerly living with ostomies predicted how watching a video depicting a person changing his ostomy pouch would affect mood and quality-of-life forecasts for life with an ostomy. In Part 2, participants from the general public read a description about life with an ostomy; half also watched a video depicting a person changing his ostomy pouch. Participants' quality-of-life and mood forecasts for life with an ostomy were assessed.
Results: Contrary to our expectations, and the expectations of people presently or formerly living with ostomies, the video did not reduce mood or quality-of-life estimates, even among participants high in trait disgust sensitivity. Among low-disgust participants, watching the video increased quality-of-life predictions for ostomy.
Conclusion: Video interventions may improve mood and quality-of-life forecasts for medical conditions, including those that may elicit disgust, such as ostomy.
Practice implications: Video interventions focusing on patients' experience of illness continue to show promise as components of decision aids, even for emotionally charged health states such as ostomy.
Keywords Ostomy; Video; Quality-of-life; Judgment
Journal Patient Education and Counseling: Volume 91, Issue 1
Angott, Andrea M; Comerford, David A; Ubel, Peter A