PA Research Foundation supports Radiation Oncology patient education with innovative ROPAH Guides App
Providing clear and concise information to patients that incorporates the multi-disciplinary nature of their medical care can be a difficult and time intensive process.
In the realm of radiation therapy, Radiation Oncologists often face the dilemma of having to explain complex treatment processes to patients in a time limited and emotionally charged environment that is intertwined with advice from other health care professionals.
When coupled with language, cultural and or cognitive barriers the ability of a physician to achieve informed consent within the clinic setting may be significantly inhibited.
Introducing the "ROPAH Guides"
In order to streamline and enhance the delivery of information about radiation therapy to patients and their carers, Associate Prof Margot Lehman (Director of Radiation Oncology PAH Ipswich Rd campus), Dr Brigid Hickey (Director of Radiation Oncology PAH Raymond Tce campus) and Andrew Puffett (Radiation Therapist) have been working together, with support from the PA Research Foundation to develop a novel app called the "ROPAH Guides".
Pictured above: Sam Crowley (Radiation Therapist) with Peter Vezos (Oncology Patient) exploring the ROPAH guide application on our new in house digital information kiosk. Developed with assistance from the PA Research Foundation.
This application provides a portal for distributing ebooks about radiation treatment and associated allied health care practices at the Princess Alexandra Hospital direct to patients via the Apple and Google Play stores.
In clinical use, the ROPAH Guide application is recommended to patients after attending a consultation with their Radiation Oncology Specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The patient is then advised to download specific content from within the app onto their smart phone or tablet device.
This information can then be viewed later, in a more relaxed and conducive learning environment in the company of family and friends.
When completed, the app will enable patients and their carers free access to a growing library of interactive ebooks authored by the health professionals responsible for providing their care.
If you would like to find out more about the ROPAH Guides please email ROPAH_patient_info@health.qld.gov.au