Let’s Talk: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer Survivors
An Interactive Training Simulation for Primary Health Care Providers
This simulation provides a safe and responsive learning environment for providers to practice effective communication techniques for discussing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity risk with cancer survivors. This training allows providers to be more confident in engaging in these conversations, and in recommending strategies and techniques for maintaining a healthy weight and being active.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical method for identifying and building motivation to make healthy choices and engage in healthy behaviors. MI skills help clinicians to—
- Build healthy relationships.
- Explore patients’ needs, values and preferences.
- Respond with empathy.
- Personalize and share information.
- Collaborate on decisions.
- Empower patients to achieve their goals.
The simulation allows learners to enter a virtual environment and engage in role-play conversations with emotionally-responsive virtual humans. Through practice and receiving personalized feedback, users learn and assess their competency to lead similar conversations in real life.