Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy




Three methods of providing information relevant to informed consent where a vaginal birth after cesarean section was being considered were evaluated; (1) the traditional and common method (physician presentation), (2) Linear Video Tape (LVT), and (3) Interactive Video Disc (IVD). The traditional and common method of presenting information led to only limited acquisition of knowledge resulting in patients making less than fully-informed decisions. Both the linear video tape and the interactive video disc led to significantly greater understanding of the risks and benefits of the procedure than did the physician presentation. The interactive disc and the linear video tape were equally effective in providing information relevant to the informed consent process, bu t the interactive video disc was more often viewed as being helpful in the process of making an informed decision. Additional advantages of the interactive video disc as an aid in providing a legally valid informed consent were discussed.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access