Feasibility and usability of a virtual reality intervention to enhance men’s awareness of testicular disorders (E-MAT)

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dc.contributor.author Saab, Mohamad M.
dc.contributor.author Landers, Margaret
dc.contributor.author Cooke, Eoghan
dc.contributor.author Murphy, David
dc.contributor.author Hegarty, Josephine
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-23T12:33:54Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-23T12:33:54Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10-06
dc.identifier.citation Saab, M. M., Landers, M., Cooke, E., Murphy, D. and Hegarty, J. (2018) 'Feasibility and usability of a virtual reality intervention to enhance men’s awareness of testicular disorders (E-MAT)', Virtual Reality, doi: 10.1007/s10055-018-0368-x en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 10 en
dc.identifier.issn 1434-9957
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7140
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10055-018-0368-x
dc.description.abstract Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men younger than 50, and benign testicular disorders such as torsion and epididymitis can be life-threatening if left untreated. Men’s awareness of testicular disorders is lacking, and their intentions to see help for symptoms of testicular disease are low. This study aimed to describe the development, feasibility, and usability of a virtual reality (VR) intervention designed to enhance men’s awareness of testicular disorders (E-MAT). We designed E-MAT as a three-level VR experience and tested its feasibility and usability with 15 men recruited from a university. Following exposure to the intervention, participants filled a 43-item questionnaire. Participants agreed that the technology was comfortable to use, testicular disorders were well represented, the use of light humor was appropriate, and the scientific facts were easy to understand. Participants also agreed that the intervention was suited for men from different sociodemographic backgrounds and felt confident using VR. Overall, participants perceived the intervention as user-friendly, enjoyable, and aesthetically appealing. To the best of our knowledge, VR has not been used to promote men’s health in the past, let alone increasing their awareness and help seeking for testicular disorders. We recommend testing the effectiveness of E-MAT and making it available on public platforms that men can access at their own leisure. VR can be used in future interventions to educate men about various health topics. en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (PhD scholarship granted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s10055-018-0368-x
dc.rights © Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2018. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Virtual Reality. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10055-018-0368-x en
dc.subject Feasibility en
dc.subject Health promotion en
dc.subject Testicular cancer en
dc.subject Testicular diseases en
dc.subject Usability en
dc.subject Virtual reality en
dc.title Feasibility and usability of a virtual reality intervention to enhance men’s awareness of testicular disorders (E-MAT) en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mohamad Saab, Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: mohamadsaab@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-10-06
dc.date.updated 2018-11-23T12:24:15Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Virtual Reality en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress mohamadsaab@ucc.ie en

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