Show don't tell: assessing the impact of co-developed patient information videos in paediatric uveitis

Eye (Lond). 2024 Feb;38(2):246-252. doi: 10.1038/s41433-023-02659-w. Epub 2023 Jul 17.


Background/objectives: There is a paucity of online educational content targeting children and young people with uveitis. We evaluated the impact of a co-designed patient education video on subjective and objective understanding of childhood uveitis.

Subjects/methods: Co-designed patient education media were produced in collaboration with the Childhood Uveitis Studies steering group and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Generation R Young People's Advisory Group and narrated by children. Patients managed within the Uveitis service at GOSH were invited to take part in a pre-post survey, undertaken immediately prior to and following viewing of a patient education video.

Results: Forty-three patients participated. These were stratified according to age, duration of disease, and treatment type for analysis. Self-rated knowledge improved across all groups (p = 0.001), particularly in those with a new diagnosis of uveitis (Z = -8.124, p < 0.001). Objective knowledge scores improved across all questions, especially in younger children, those with new disease, and those on steroid only treatment (Z = -3.847, p < 0.001, Z = -3.975, p < 0.001, Z = -3.448, p < 0.001; respectively). Most participants reported the videos to be easy to understand and with the right amount of information. All stated that they learned something new.

Conclusions: Patient understanding of disease and treatment is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes for this chronic, relapsing remitting and potentially blinding disorder. Our findings data shows the potential value of co-designed patient information videos, specifically in our study benefitting younger patients and those recently diagnosed. We suggest that other clinical teams could collaborate fruitfully with patient groups to develop similar videos to target possible misinformation and potentially improve patient outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Uveitis* / diagnosis