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Nursing issues
Virtual reality can enhance men’s engagement with health screening and awareness
  1. Linda McGrath
  1. School of Nursing. Institute of Clinical Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Miss Linda McGrath, School of Nursing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; L.P.McGrath{at}

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Commentary on: Saab MM, Landers M, Cooke E, et al. Enhancing Men’s Awareness of Testicular Disorders Using a Virtual Reality Intervention: A Pre-Post Pilot Study. Nurs Res 2018;67:349–58.

Implications for practice and research

  • Virtual reality is an effective way to engage men with awareness, screening and intention to seek help for testicular disorders.

  • Extending this research to explore a wider diverse ethnic group is important


The health of men in the Western World is poorer than that of women, with increased mortality rates where men are less likely to utilise health services.1 When men fail to seek help, serious health problems can emerge, resulting in poorer outcomes and extra burden on healthcare systems.2

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.