TV shows beat pamphlets in the waiting room

Televised health programs shown in GP waiting rooms can help to spread preventive health messages and educate patients, research shows.

Three-quarters of patients say that they like to learn about health while sitting in GP waiting rooms, according to a survey of 71 patients attending a general practice in regional Victoria.

Just under half the patients reported watching the health channel that was televised in the clinic’s waiting room, and one-quarter said that they learned new and useful information, according to findings presented at the RACGP&