Interdisciplinary therapeutic patient education unit

To better support your patient during their illness and treatment, their care team may offer them the chance to attend a therapeutic patient education programme. The aim of the programme is to provide patients with a better understanding of their illness and treatment and to help them play an active role in their care, maintain their autonomy and preserve their quality of life.

Several years ago, the Eugène Marquis Centre established the interdisciplinary therapeutic patient education unit (UTEP) [Unité Transversale d’Education Thérapeutique] to, among other things, coordinate its numerous therapeutic patient education programmes. Many medical and paramedical professionals are trained in Therapeutic Patient Education.

To better support patients during their illness and treatment, their care team may offer them the chance to attend a therapeutic patient education programme.

The aim of the programme is to provide patients with a better understanding of their illness and treatment and to help them play an active role in their care, maintain their autonomy and preserve their quality of life.

IT CURRENTLY COVERS THREE TOPICS:

An educational assessment is first carried out by a therapeutic patient education nurse (or another professional participating in the therapeutic patient education programme) to identify your patient’s needs and requirements with regard to understanding their illness and managing their treatment.

Your patient will then be invited to participate in individual and/or group workshops led by a therapeutic patient education nurse, our dietician, a pharmacist, a doctor or other staff member. These workshops give patients a better understanding of their illness and treatment and help them to manage their treatment and any side effects at home more easily.

Lastly, patients are invited to reflected on what they have learned.

Patients can choose whether or not to participate in our therapeutic patient education programmes. If they choose to do so, they will need to sign a consent form in order to register on the course. They are free to stop the course at any time.

Patients’ doctors are regularly kept up to date with their patient’s progress in the programme, particularly regarding what they have learned.

Their oncologist will also be kept up to date with their progress and will continue to monitor their illness, their treatment and any side effects.