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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2021; 18: 10.
Published online May 25, 2021.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2021.18.10
[Epub ahead of print]
Effects of a simulation-based blended training model on nurses’ treatment decision-related knowledge about oral cancer in Taiwan: a pilot survey
Chia-Chang Huang  , Shiau-Shian Huang  , Ying-Ying Yang  , Shou-Yen Kao 
Division of Clinical Skills Training, Department of Medical Education, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan
Correspondence  Ying-Ying Yang ,Email: yangyy@vghtpe.gov.tw
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: March 21, 2021  Accepted after revision: May 25, 2021
Abstract
The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of virtual reality (VR) simulations combined with bedside assignments on nurses’ self-efficacy in providing pre-treatment educational services. Between March 2019 and November 2020, we conducted a study of VR educational materials that were developed to cover information about the treatment of oral cancers. The effects of the VR simulation, the thinking-path tracking map method, and bedside assignments on the nurses’ treatment decision-related knowledge were evaluated in a ward for oral cancer patients at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. The blended training model significantly increased nurses’ familiarity (P<0.01) and confidence (P<0.03) regarding their knowledge of treatments and treatment decision-related knowledge. This model also significantly increased their confidence in their skills in bedside pre-treatment education for admitted oral cancer patients (P<0.002). Oral cancer-specific VR materials enhanced the effectiveness of skills training among nurses in the oral cancer ward.
Keywords: Mouth neoplasms; Nurses; Taiwan; Teaching materials; Virtual reality
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