Patient educational technologies and their use by patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer.

Two urology practices in Calgary, Canada use patient educational technology (PET) as a core component of their clinical practice. The purpose of this study was to determine how patients interact with PET designed to inform them about their treatment options for clinically localized prostate cancer.

A PET library was developed with 15 unique prostate-related educational modules relating to diagnosis, treatment options, and potential side effects. The PET collected data regarding its use, and those data were used to conduct a retrospective analysis. Descriptive analyses were conducted and comparisons made between patients' utilization of the PET library during first and subsequent access; Pearson's Chi-Square was used to test for statistical significance, where appropriate.

Every patient (n = 394) diagnosed with localized prostate cancer was given access to the PET library using a unique identifier. Of those, 123 logged into the library and viewed at least one module and 94 patients logged into the library more than once. The average patient initially viewed modules pertaining to their diagnosis. Viewing behavior significantly changed in subsequent logins, moving towards modules pertaining to treatment options, decision making, and post-surgical information.

As observed through the longitudinal utilization of the PET library, information technology offers clinicians an opportunity to provide an interactive platform to meet patients' dynamic educational needs. Understanding these needs will help inform the development of more useful PETs.

The informational needs of patients diagnosed with clinically localized prostate cancer changed throughout the course of their diagnosis and treatment.

BMC health services research. 2015 Sep 29*** epublish ***

Richard J Baverstock, R Trafford Crump, Kevin V Carlson

Faculty of Medicine, Division of Urology, University of Calgary and vesia [Alberta Bladder Centre], Calgary, AB, Canada. Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. Faculty of Medicine, Division of Urology, University of Calgary and vesia [Alberta Bladder Centre], Calgary, AB, Canada. 

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