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Development of a Teaching Tool for Women With a Gynecologic Malignancy Undergoing Minimally Invasive Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Luisa Luciani Castiglia
Nancy Drummond
Margaret A. Purden
CJON 2011, 15(4), 404-410 DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.404-410

Women undergoing minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for a gynecologic malignancy have many questions and concerns related to the cancer diagnosis and surgery. The provision of information enhances coping with such illness-related challenges. A lack of print materials for these patients prompted the creation of a written teaching tool to improve informational support. A booklet was developed using guidelines for the design of effective patient education materials, including an iterative process of collaboration with healthcare providers and women who had undergone robotic-assisted surgery, as well as attention to readability. The 52-page booklet covers the trajectory of the woman's experience and includes the physical, psychosocial, and sexual aspects of recovery.

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