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dc.contributor.advisorNeser, Hazel
dc.contributor.advisorGallagher, Peter
dc.contributor.authorFlockton, Alannah - Jayne
dc.date.available2017-03-28T20:16:43Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationFlockton, A.-J. (2017). Men’s experience of virtual simulation to aid patient education for radiation treatment to the prostate (Thesis, Bachelor of Radiation Therapy with Honours). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7233en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7233
dc.description.abstractProstate cancer affects more than 3000 New Zealand men each year. Many of these men receive a complex type of radiation treatment which requires patients to have a full bladder and empty rectum to aid in the accuracy of treatment delivery and minimise side effects. These concepts can be difficult to explain and current patient education involves verbal and written materials. A 3D immersive teaching tool Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training system (VERT) can visually simulate and demonstrate how radiation treatment is delivered to the prostate. There is sufficient evidence to support VERT as a useful teaching tool in the academic environment however; using VERT for one-on-one patient education is a novel approach. This qualitative, pilot study set out to explore men’s experience of VERT when it was incorporated into education sessions for prostate radiation treatment. More specifically, how VERT shaped the men’s understanding of how radiation treatment is delivered; why a full bladder and empty rectum is required; and their initial treatment experience. Data collection involved semi-structured interviews one week after the participants had experienced the VERT education and received their first week of radiation treatment. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to offer insight into the men’s experience of the VERT education session. The findings strongly suggest VERT education enhances patient understanding of radiation treatment through visual learning. There is a preference to have the VERT education delivered sometime near the first treatment appointment and VERT has the potential to support men through engagement, information sharing and encouraging peer support. There is a role for visual tools such as VERT to be included as part of patient education sessions for radiation treatment to the prostate.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectvirtual
dc.subjectsimulation
dc.subjectpatient
dc.subjecteducation
dc.subjectradiation therapy
dc.subjectprostate
dc.subjectcancer
dc.titleMen’s experience of virtual simulation to aid patient education for radiation treatment to the prostate
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-03-28T04:18:32Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineDepartment of Radiation Therapy
thesis.degree.nameBachelor of Radiation Therapy with Honours
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelHonours
otago.openaccessOpen
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