The utilisation of virtual images in patient information giving sessions for prostate cancer patients prior to radiotherapy

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Stewart-Lord, A, Brown, M, Noor, S, Cook, J and Jallow, O (2016). The utilisation of virtual images in patient information giving sessions for prostate cancer patients prior to radiotherapy. Radiography. 22 (4), pp. 269-273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2016.05.002
AuthorsStewart-Lord, A, Brown, M, Noor, S, Cook, J and Jallow, O
Abstract

© 2016 The College of RadiographersThe aim of the study was to explore the prostate patients' perceptions of a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) as an information giving resource prior to radiotherapy delivery. A survey design was used to determine the level of knowledge of those patients who attended VERT for a pre-treatment talk and identify the benefits and limitations of using VERT as pre-treatment information giving resource. Participants were invited to attend a VERT patient information session four weeks prior to their planning CT scan, and then complete a questionnaire two weeks after start of radiotherapy treatment. A sample of n = 38 patients were recruited over a five month data collection period. Results showed that patient perceptions on the use of VERT as information giving tool prior to radiotherapy treatment were very positive. The sessions enable patients to understand the potential impact of treatment volumes if the internal organ shape and location differed from that originally planned, enabling them to comply with radiotherapy treatment instructions. Additional key findings have demonstrated excellent levels of communication associated with the use of VERT emphasising the need for future patient preparation strategies to consider the use of virtual technology.

Keywords1103 Clinical Sciences; Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Year2016
JournalRadiography
Journal citation22 (4), pp. 269-273
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1078-8174
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2016.05.002
Web address (URL)https://www.radiographyonline.com/article/S1078-8174(16)30016-5/fulltext
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