Frequent undertreatment of cancer pain persists despite intensive
educational efforts. The reasons include the difficulty in teaching
complex pain management skills and the problems associated with
evaluating clinical competence. We propose to develop a computer
simulator to teach and evaluate cancer pain management skills. The
simulator will use multimedia interactive technology to create a high
fidelity learning environment. Within this environment the user can
select practice cases, assess a diverse group of patients, and practice
with a variety of medications. The complex process of patient assessment
and evaluation of treatment will be emphasized. The simulator will use
time acceleration to allow a user to efficiently gain experience. Users
will gain experience treating complications such as sedation, nausea,
vomiting, and constipation. The simulator will provide on-line contextual
based tutoring and a critical case summary at case conclusion.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: A computer simulator to teach and test
cancer pain management skills would enjoy a large market. The market
includes individuals, hospitals, clinics, and teaching institutions.
Several versions of the simulator would be targeted at nurses,
anesthesiologists, and medical trainees.
There are already successful companies marketing other types of medical
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