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dc.contributor.advisorStones, Michael
dc.contributor.advisorSellick, Scott
dc.contributor.authorKandler, Liane S.
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-16T14:14:27Z
dc.date.available2019-09-16T14:14:27Z
dc.date.created2019
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca:7070/handle/2453/4373
dc.description.abstractThe 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
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectCancer in adolescence and young adultsen_US
dc.subjectPsychosocial care (adolescent/young adult)en_US
dc.titleUnderstanding the psychosocial impact of cancer in adolescence and young adulthood: a mixed-methods assessment of the perspectives of patients, survivors, and healthcare professionalsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplinePsychology : Clinicalen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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