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Teaching about childhood cancer to pupils aged 10–12 years: A randomised trial of two types of material

Journal article
Authors Stefan Nilsson
Jessica Hultman
Lina Opperdoes
Margaretha Jenholt Nolbris
Published in British Journal of School Nursing
Volume 14
Issue 7
ISSN 1752-2803
Publication year 2019
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.12968/bjsn.2019....
Subject categories Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to describe and compare pupils' experience of teaching about cancer, when a nurse used two different formats of teaching material to teach pupils aged from 10 to 12 years. Pupils from schools in Western Sweden were randomised to either Imaginary Friends or SEE-HEAR-DO pictures. A total of 197 of 231 pupils (85%) participated, and a majority knew someone who had had cancer before, and thought it was valuable to get knowledge about cancer. The Imaginary Friends intervention group felt happier/more content and calmer/more relaxed, and less tense/nervous after the education about cancer. The SEE-HEAR-DO group felt happier/more content after the education, and were to a significantly higher extent stimulated to ask questions. Both Imaginary Friends and SEE-HEAR-DO pictures can be used as teaching materials for pupils. The use of SEE-HEAR-DO pictures may increase the interaction between the school nurse and the pupils.

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