Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Patient Review in Radiotherapy and Oncology

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Radiography

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides the knowledge required by radiographers to perform patient review which is now considered as one of the roles that radiographers have in a radiotherapy department.

The following areas of study are presented in this study-unit:
- Communication skills - communicating in the oncology setting. Communication and interpersonal skills are crucial and essential elements when reviewing a patient in the oncology setting. This is to include a holistic approach which is tailored to the individual client needs;
- Communication in practice. The radiographer-patient relationship; the use and role of communication skills to support vulnerable people;
- Professional issues. Self-analysis and reflective practice; documentation; time management; legal and ethical issues; codes of conduct;
- On-treatment review and prescribing;
- The specialist role of the radiographer;
- Patient care;
- Complementary medicine;
- Study of complementary medicine and the development of a holistic approach in cancer management.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study unit are to:
- Provide students with the knowledge required in order to develop their professional practice in relation to a holistic approach to cancer care;
- Provide students with knowledge and skills to develop their communication skills;
- Enable students to reflect on the factors that should be considered in the management of cancer using biological agents;
- Provide the students with the knowledge to be able to review the patient during the delivery of radiotherapy therapy and provide the necessary information and care needed; and
- Enable students to discuss the role of complementary therapies in cancer care.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate the acquisition of the core skills of communication and apply a range of appropriate skills within that process relevant to the specific needs of adult patients with cancer;
- Demonstrate a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer in analysing and evaluating available treatment methods;
- Discuss issues relating to the uses of complementary therapies in cancer care;
- Understand the pathophysiologic processes underpinning radiotherapy side effects;
- Identify the possible side effects according to the anatomical area being treated; and
- Explain the management for side-effects arising from radiotherapy treatments.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Communicate effectively with the patient;
- Discuss the role of the radiographer in on-treatment review clinics;
- Provide patients with advice regarding the management of radiotherapy side-effects, as well as other concerns related to treatment;
- Discuss the role of the radiographer in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines;
- Evaluate applications such that they are able to make informed professional judgement in relation to each part of the radiotherapy process in which they are involved; and
- Report and document side-effects according to established guidelines.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Sourati, Ainaz, Ahmad Ameri, and Mona Malekzadeh. Acute Side Effects of Radiation Therapy : A Guide to Management. Springer, 2017. Print
- Moss, Bernard. Communication Skills in Health and Social Care. 3rd ed. SAGE, 2015. Print.
- Fontaine, Karen Lee. Complementary & Alternative Therapies for Nursing Practice. 3rd ed. Pearson, 2011. Print.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Objective Structured Practical Examination SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Jose Guilherme Couto
Susan Mercieca
Gerbert Van Dijk (Co-ord.)

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