Prostate Cancer UK and UWE team up to offer online prostate cancer care advice for health professionals

Issue date: 06 October 2014

UWE Bristol and Prostate Cancer UK have launched a new online, interactive learning resource for healthcare professionals working with prostate cancer patients, to help them support men living with and after the disease.

Through the resource healthcare professionals will be able to access virtual patient scenarios on a range of key subjects, from supporting men through erectile dysfunction and sex after prostate cancer, to end of life care. These scenarios have been developed within UChoose, a platform for interactive case-based learning created by UWE.

The resource is available via the Prostate Cancer UK website and consists of five modules: sex and sexuality, urinary problems, diet and lifestyle, treatment side effects, and end of life care. It was funded with support from the Movember Foundation.

Project leader Professor Pam Moule, from UWE's Centre for Health and Clinical Research said, “The learning resource consists of easily navigable online modules using simulated 'virtual patient scenarios' to introduce and explore key issues around prostate cancer care, such as end of life care.

“These patient scenarios are primarily aimed at registered nurses and healthcare assistants, and are particularly suitable for those new to working with patients affected by prostate cancer.

“The project included initial scoping work, case study development and evaluation and was funded by Prostate Cancer UK.”

Gemma Borwick, Education Manager at Prostate Cancer UK said, “Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and it's set to become the most common cancer overall by 2030. As a result it's more important than ever that healthcare professionals are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and support men through the disease.

“We're delighted to have worked with the University of the West of England on the development of these virtual patient scenarios. It's a great opportunity for healthcare professionals and students to increase their knowledge of the disease and learn about the latest treatments and support services available to men living with prostate cancer.”

The online resource is the result of research carried out by health researchers and cancer care specialists Professor Pam Moule, Dr Katherine Pollard and Julie Armoogum from UWE's Department of Nursing and Midwifery and Centre for Health and Clinical Research and included Simon Messer, from the Department of Allied Health Professions, who has expert knowledge in UChoose. UChoose is an on-line platform for interactive case-based learning developed at UWE, with its own content management system for easy case authoring.

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