Global Health & Medicine 2023;5(6):354-361.

Development of an educational program for healthcare professionals who provide appearance care for patients with cancer: Feasibility study of an e-learning program

Iino K, Nagaoka N, Watanuki S, Shimizu C, Nozawa K, Toma S, Mori A, Shimazu T, Sato T


This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and utility of an e-learning training program to improve healthcare professionals' knowledge about providing appearance care to patients with cancer. Healthcare professionals who provide appearance support were invited to participate voluntarily and complete a survey before and after the program. Participation request letters were distributed to 133 individuals, including 75 from four facilities invited via professional connections, and agreed to participate in the study and 58 participated in the National Cancer Center's appearance care training and indicated an interest in participating in the study. The 100 participants (75.2%) included 96 females, with an average age of 40.5 years. The participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the program, where more than 90% responded "satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" and eager to use the content they learned in the program when they returned to their workplaces. However, the participants identified several barriers to applying their newly acquired knowledge including lack of knowledge (about 80%). Participant knowledge scores about appearance support were significantly higher after program participation. The survey results indicated the high feasibility of the e-learning program through improved knowledge about appearance care and high satisfaction with the program. The program needs further improvements for its practical utility.

KEYWORDS: appearance care, cancer therapy, e-learning, pretest-posttest design

DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2023.01035

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