European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 280–284 | Cite as

Can face-to-face patient education be replaced by computer-based patient education?



In plastic surgery patient education is important but time consuming. It can be performed face-to-face or it can be computer based. In order to examine the merits of computer-based patient education, a research of the literature was carried out. The results of this search show that computer-based education is of great potential benefit. Especially in retaining information, informed consent and time management in the medical practice.


Patient education Computer-based patient education 



We thank Dr. P. Houpt, head of the department of plastic surgery in the Isala Klinieken, for his contributions in starting a randomised trial about computer education. This would not be possible without a grant from the Isala Klinieken.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Medical CentreSt RadboudNijmegenThe Netherlands

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