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FC20: Virtual Reality in Palliative Care Teaching - Results of a longitudinal survey study

Taubert, Mark, Webber, Lucy, Hamilton, Timothy, Carr, Madeleine, Hapgood, Glenn, Harvey, Mark, Patel, Mitali and Daisley-Devoy, Tara 2019. FC20: Virtual Reality in Palliative Care Teaching - Results of a longitudinal survey study. Presented at: 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Berlin, Germany, 23-25 May 2019. Palliative Medicine. SAGE, p. 64. 10.1177/0269216319844405

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Background: Virtual reality immersive environments have been shown to be effective in medical teaching. Our university hospital received funding from our deanery to film teaching videos with a 360 degree camera. Aims: Evaluate whether Virtual Reality is an effective teaching environment. Virtual Reality headsets were set up for medical students who rotated through Velindre Cancer Hospital’s Palliative Care department. Methods: Students watched a 27 minute video on nausea & vomiting in palliative care settings in a virtual tutorial space. They subsequently viewed a radiotherapy treatment experience. Results: Of the 72 medical students who participated, 70 found the experience comfortable, with 2 students stating they found it uncomfortable (tight headset, blurry visuals). Numerical scoring on ability to concentrate in VR from 0-10 (0=worst, 10=best) scored an average of 8.44 (range 7-10). Asked whether this format suited their learning style, average score was 8.31 (range 6-10). 97.2% (n=70) students stated that they would recommend this form of learning to a colleague, with 1 student saying he/she would not recommend and 1 student stating he/she was unsure. Students left positive & negative free text comments which helped frame future needs in this emerging area and will be presented. Discussion: This study indicates that there is room for exploring new ways of delivering teaching and expanding it more widely in palliative care, but also provides feedback on areas that need further careful attention. Comments from students included: “Might have been the novelty factor but I learned more from this 20 minute VR thing than I have from many lectures” Summary: The project has proved so popular in medical student feedback that the VR experience is now available on Youtube & has been expanded to routine teaching. It has been viewed worldwide incl Africa, so this format of teaching could prove valuable and promising in its potential for global reach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0269-2163
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 June 2019
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 12:25

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