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Volume 9. Electronic Patient Records

and Patient Information Leaflets.

Volume Editor needed. If interested Click here To see a sample page   Click here

Current Master copy is with: RF (as “Panel09-10RF.pages”)

Help others to improve their patient information leaflets. 

by sending ".pdf" scans of your hard work to editor@eepd.org.uk

 Discussion Links: None specific yet.  Use EEPDtalk at www.eepd.org.uk



While the creation of patient information leaflets using appropriate language is difficult, the reliable distribution of scores of such leaflets at the time and place when they are most needed is an even more difficult task.


How this may be improved with (or even before) the universal availability of computer terminals and printers is discussed more fully in a document entitled “Dust collecting or Distributed” 



What is not in question is that one of the best ways to provide “Patient Encounter Assistance“ at the time of a R.I.O. - a Realistic input-Output Opportunity


is for the computer to offer to print out whatever appropriate leaflets may be available on the system at the appropriate time.


For example, after a birth, if the computer has been given the information that there has been an emergency Caesarean Section, or a Grade Three Perineal Tear, then there should be an automatic offer to print the most up-to date version of the relevant leaflets.


The relationship between this kind of printout and other potential sources of information for patients is set out in the discussion document “Three Main Sources of Information” www.fawdry.info/eepd/01_ess/h_leaflets/H03_Three.pdf

and the advantages and disadvantages of each source in are summarised in 



The main purposes of this volume of the EEPD is

a) to document exactly what ”Trigger Data” answers should lead to the offer of which leaflet(s) and

b) to suggest good sources of such leaflets

c) in time, to link “Trigger Data” to a specific leaflet from any appropriate source.

d) to provide each maternity and gynaecology department with a gradually larger check list of suggestions for the hundreds of maternity and gynaecology leaflets which should be immediately available for local printing in the most recent version through any good maternity computer system; either in a local version; or via a reliable web site link.  

(Updated 14 Nov 2010)



At present, if a doctor or midwife feels that an appropriate leaflet is needed, either they have to find the (possibly out of date) printed leaflet out of dozens of others often haphazardly available; or have to use an internet search engine to find such a leaflet on the web and then print it, not necessarily knowing if that particular source is reliable.

The eventual aim of the EEPD is that at the end of any data entry episode on any good perinatal computer system (R.I.O. - See EEPD Volume 6.),  the computer will automatically and immediately offer to print out the latest version of any relevant leaflets.


Indeed one of the main “carrots“ to encourage those entering data should be the ease with which it will eventually be possible to provide this service to the user and the patient.   For example, after a birth has taken place, if data is entered that a Grade Three Tear has occurred, then the entry of that data should always lead - at the end of that RIO (Realistic Input-Output Opportunity) - to the option to print the appropriate leaflet. 


Of if a scan has been done and data has been entered that there is (or may be) a cleft palate, then there should automatically, before leaving the computer terminal, be the option of printing a leaflet about cleft palate and its management.  The source of that leaflet should be locally decided.


In time the leaflet offered should a) always be the latest version and b) always be from a reliable and appropriate source. (Such a source might sometime local, sometimes via an internet hyper-link, or something directly from the EEPD website.)


It is hoped the EEPD will help us to reach that ultimate goal through the following:


In Volume 6.  RIOs. (Realistic Input-Output Opportunities)  POTENTIAL LINKS The detailed documentation of each potential RIO should identify any potential links between specific data entries (or sets of data entries) and the offer to print the appropriate leaflet.


In this Volume 9. LEAFLINKS it is intended in time to provide, or document, by stages


a)  A list of what leaflets might be relevant to any maternity or neonatal department.  This list will be more extensive than required for current hospital liability insurance purposes, and will facilitate a local progress check on what leaflets are so far available and what leaflets still need to be created and distributed.


b) For places where leaflets are not immediately available on line, this volume provides a Word document  which can be used to facilitate the use of 1-31 concertina files to select sets of photocopied or printed leaflets as appropriate for each different location.  For example the set of leaflets needed in an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit will be a different set from that needed in the Delivery Suite. These suggested lists of the relevant leaflets for each department can be seen on 



They are set out in a way that allows the appropriate selection to be stuck onto the front of the relevant 1-31 concertina file(s) - Copies of the same printout can, by being filed in the back section of the concertina file can also be used as a reminder as to which leaflets have run out and need to be restocked.

See “Dust Collecting or Distributed”  


The “Refills.doc” is intended to be locally edited to fit local needs


c) It is intended that an ever increasing number of suitable leaflets should be provided in MS Word format, directly download-able from the EEPD.  (EEPD Volume 24. The Prescribable Leaflet Collection) The text of these may then, with suitable acknowledgement, be locally edited and used as required.  (Contributions for this Prescribable Leaflet Collection are welcome.)


d)  Finally it should be possible, through the EEPD, to document any website addresses as a potential source for the immediate printing of an appropriate leaflet. Computer-generated Leaflets will normally only to be selected for printing at a time and place either i) when more attractive up-to-date properly “published” format leaflets are unavailable or ii) where intra or internet access is not accessible or iii) when a better quality and reliable internet patient information leaflet is also not accessible.  The advantages and disadvantages of the three main sources of written patient information are discussed in  


          Rupert Fawdry (Updated  14 Nov 2010)  

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