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Involving cancer patient communities in radiotherapy education HSAP403

Williamson, Keren and Pope, Emma 2011. Involving cancer patient communities in radiotherapy education HSAP403. [Project Report]. JISC TechDis HEAT 4. Available at:

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Using video conferencing equipment to allow communication between students and service users in the School of Healthcare Studies. Students need to interact with real-life patients in order to develop the experiential learning they need to operate successfully in employment. This is obviously difficult in the context of the Department of Radiography as many of the patients have cancer, and the inconvenience, distance and cost of transporting the patients to a teaching space to meet the students is prohibitive. Teaching spaces have also been described as ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘intimidating’ for this purpose. Furthermore, key cancer support groups have expressed that while they would be willing to meet with students as a group, they would not be comfortable doing so individually – the cost and logistics of arranging such large meetings are also prohibitive. This project aims to set up web conferencing equipment at a location convenient to the volunteer patients, who will then interact remotely with the students. This should expose the students to a much wider range of patients and interactions than is otherwise possible.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Publisher: JISC TechDis HEAT 4
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:59

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