Cape Breton Health to Test Cancer Education Program

first_imgCANCER CARE N.S.–Cape Breton Health to Test Cancer EducationProgram Cancer patients, their families and health-care workers in CapeBreton have a new tool designed to help them through the variousstages of the disease. Cancer Care Nova Scotia today, Oct. 7, announced the introductionof the Oncology Interactive Education Series (OIES), aninteractive, computer-based cancer-education program forpatients, their families and health professionals. The program was developed in Canada by Jack Digital Productionsin collaboration with Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital. NovaScotia is the first province to test it. It is being piloted infive health districts including Cape Breton District HealthAuthority. “Hearing the words, ‘you have cancer,’ is traumatic,” said Dr.Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “There areso many questions, so many fears, many of which can be alleviatedif patients have access to quality cancer information.Information puts people back in the driver’s seat. It helps themunderstand their treatment options and make informed decisions. “For health professionals, access to quality patient educationhelps them support their patients. And, research also indicatesthat it leads to a better understanding of the illness, bettercompliance with treatment and thus better outcomes. OIES willrespond to the needs that patients, families and healthprofessionals have identified and ultimately lead to bettercancer care.” Each of the 24 cancer-type specific titles in the series containsbetween 18 and 25 hours of information. Each topic follows thepatient experience, providing information about diseaseprevention, early detection, symptoms, diagnosis, staging,treatment options, nutrition, pain management, psychosocial careand community support services. It also provides answers to anumber of commonly asked questions. The learning is supported bythree dimensional anatomy, patient experiences and cleargraphics. “Having the OIES program will allow patients and families to bebetter informed about their disease,” said Mona Baryluk,director, Cape Breton Cancer Centre. “This interactive programenables patients to learn at their own pace and in their owntime. Supported by volunteers, OIES supplements the one-to-oneeducation patients and families receive as part of their careduring their cancer journey.” OIES is designed to meet the need of a broad range of learningstyles, computer experience, literacy levels and language skills.Trained volunteers will help patients, families and healthprofessionals to use OIES. Patients who have access to a computermay also borrow titles from the program’s lending libraries. OIES will be evaluated to measure the use of the tool bypatients, families and health professionals, as well as theirsatisfaction with it. The evaluation will also seek healthprofessionals’ opinions on how best to use the teaching tool aspart of the care process. The decision to implement OIES acrossthe province will be based on evaluation results, which areexpected to be available in June 2005. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more

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Judge approves another settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit

Judge approves another settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has approved a partial $25.6 million settlement in the lawsuit over the state’s disastrous deal with 38 Studios, the video game company started by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.Wells Fargo Securities and Barclays Capital Inc. agreed to settle to get out of the lawsuit brought when 38 Studios failed after receiving a $75 million state loan guarantee. The settlement approved Tuesday brings the amount the state has recovered to $42 million.The lawsuit is still pending against Schilling and other 38 Studios executives, as well as First Southwest, which acted as Rhode Island’s financial adviser in the deal.A mediator told The Associated Press after the hearing that he is in active settlement discussions with the 38 Studios defendants, which include Schilling. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2016 11:07 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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