A pilot study to evaluate learning style-tailored information prescriptions for hypertensive emergency department patients

J Med Libr Assoc. 2011 Oct;99(4):280-9. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.99.4.005.


Objective: This pilot study explored whether learning style-tailored education materials, "information prescriptions," are effective in increasing hypertension knowledge in emergency room patients.

Methods: In a randomized trial, hypertensive emergency medicine patients received either standard care discharge instructions or discharge instructions in combination with an information prescription individualized to each patient's learning-style preference. Two weeks post-visit, the study team assessed changes in hypertension knowledge via a survey.

Results: No significant difference was observed for changes in quiz scores on the hypertension knowledge assessment, though patients receiving the tailored information prescriptions reported higher levels of satisfaction with intervention materials.

Conclusion: The study demonstrated the workflow feasibility of implementing a learning-style approach to patient education in the emergency department setting. Further research is needed to develop more robust measures of high blood pressure knowledge among the emergency department patient population. This work will contribute to establishing a framework for developing customized information prescriptions that can be broadly adapted for use in varied settings and with varied health care conditions.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Data Collection
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Status
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / psychology*
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods*
  • United States