|dc.description.abstract||The goal was to assess the perceived ability of healthcare professionals to discuss adolescent and
young adult oncology (AYAO) specific issues, and the use of a documentary film as awareness
and teaching tool. Healthcare professionals and students (n = 81) were recruited during training
sessions at three Canadian cancer centres and invited to complete a brief questionnaire before
and after viewing a documentary film depicting an outdoor expedition for AYA cancer patients.
Demographics, work experience, and self-perceived AYAO knowledge was assessed pre-film.
Understanding of AYAO needs, emotions, and life issues was queried using a 5-pt ordinal scale
and using open-ended questions both pre- and post-film. Post-film, respondents were asked to
reflect on whether they had learned anything new (yes/no). Medical staff and students reported a
statistically significant increase in understanding of AYAO emotions, needs, and life issues from
pre- to post-film, with 96% of the sample reporting they learned something new from viewing
the film. Qualitative data support an increased post-film recognition of isolation as a key emotion
and decreased emphasis on the treatment-related concerns as key life issues. Notably, the need
for support was well recognized both pre- and post-film. This research provides preliminary
support for the use of film as a teaching tool. Further research is warranted to explore short and
long-term benefits from the patient and professional standpoint.||en_US