25/07/2017

Students 'Walk In The Shoes' Of Patients By Wearing Skin Cancer Tattoos

Medical students in Belfast have been allowed to 'walk in the shoes' of patients by wearing skin cancer tattoos.

A new research study by Queen's University Belfast suggests that the technique may better prepare them as future doctors.

The research explored how tattoos might influence a medical student's personal understanding of a malignant melanoma diagnosis, enabling them to experience some of the challenges that patients living with skin cancer can face to develop greater empathy for their future patients. Students were encouraged to wear a highly realistic temporary tattoo of a malignant melanoma before listening to an audio account of a patient sharing their experience of what it was like to discover a melanoma.
News Image
Melanoma or skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, claiming over 2,500 lives every year. Over 15,000 patients will be diagnosed with melanoma cancer every year, a diagnosis that can be daunting for patients and their loved ones.

Dr Gerry Gormley, lead researcher and senior lecturer at Queen's University explained: "The experience had a profound and positive impact on our students. Beyond the clinical diagnosis it encouraged them to consider the person behind the illness, enabling them to develop greater empathy which will stand them in good stead as future clinicians and healthcare providers.

"Experiential learning is important in training doctors to be fully prepared for future eventualities, an approach that could be rolled out wider to benefit doctors and patients alike."

The study, also in collaboration with researchers from the University of Huddersfield and University College Dublin, has been published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

(CD)


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

01 October 2019
QUB Questioned Over Conversion Therapy Practice
An organisation supporting the health and wellbeing of the LGBT community has said Queen's University Belfast's "regret" over the use of gay conversion therapies is "not enough". The university's involvement in the practice came to light in a report by BBC NI, which included revelations of electric shock 'treatments' being used during the 1960s.
20 February 2018
Ulster Hospital Installs CT Heart Scanner
The Ulster Hospital in Dundonald have installed a dedicated CT heart scanner to detect heart disease. The scanner takes a 3D image of the heart, which allows physicians to diagnose or rule out disease. Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan said: "It is great to see this innovative technology being applied in the health service in the north.
01 February 2018
Les Kiss Leaves Post As Director Of Rugby
Les Kiss is to leave his post as Director of Rugby with immediate effect, Ulster Rugby has confirmed. Head Coach Jono Gibbs will assume responsibility for all coaching matters and will lead the current coaching team of Dwayne Peel, Aaron Dundon and Niall Malone. A review will be carried out to ascertain if additional coaching expertise is required.
22 January 2018
Woman Critical After Crash In Lurgan
Police have launched an investigation after a woman was critically injured in a collision in Lurgan. The two-vehicle crash occurred on the Lough Road at around 3.15pm on Sunday, 21 January. The 58-year-old woman was driving a silver Nissan Micra which collided with a Peugeot van.
16 January 2018
DUP Welcomes Barry McElduff Resignation
DUP Leader Arlene Foster has said that it was right for Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff to resign. Mr McElduff has been at the centre of a controversy after a video was posted online on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre.