Embracing service user involvement in radiotherapy education : a discussion paper

HILL, Gareth, THOMPSON, Gillian, WILLIS, Susan and HODGSON, Denyse (2014). Embracing service user involvement in radiotherapy education : a discussion paper. Radiography, 20 (1), 82-86.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2013.08.007
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.radi.2013.08.007

Abstract

Aim: There is currently a drive within cancer services to incorporate user involvement in delivery and education, as such the aim of this article is to investigate the potential role of service users in preregistration education and how this could impact on radiotherapy programmes.

Method: Key databases were searched for terms: patient participation, service user involvement, health care education, student assessment, patient involvement, pre-registration education and training. Suitable literature was reviewed and references within all articles and documents were investigated to ensure as broad and an inclusive search possible.

Results: There is little published literature indicating user involvement in radiotherapy education but many studies in nursing, medicine and other allied health professions indicate a rationale for user involvement.

Discussion: There are benefits of involving service users, i.e. gaining insight from patients and carers perspectives, challenges stereotypes and assumptions. Disadvantages include the quality of the feedback from users in assessment, resources required, and the ethical considerations.

Conclusion: Inclusion of service users in radiotherapy education is recommended in line with cancer care policy, they provide a unique perspective to learning and involvement should be encouraged.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted 20 August 2013
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.radi.2013.08.007
Depositing User: Susan Willis
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 08:05
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 14:19
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7409

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