What is it about?

The research literature on the use of cinema in nurse education is relatively small. This study evaluates student nurses' learning experiences of a new undergraduate elective module called Madness in the Movies.

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Data were collected through an online survey and a social media discussion forum. The anonymous online survey responses were collated via Survey Monkey. Content analysis was conducted on the data from the Facebook discussion threads to understand, interpret and conceptualise the meanings from the data. All study participants agreed that their understanding of mental health issues was enriched, their attitudes and beliefs enhanced and their confidence to talk about mental health concerns increased significantly.


This module provides a fruitful approach to encourage critical reflection on mental health issues in a safe environment that closely mirrors authentic practice experiences. The module facilitates the development of students’ knowledge, values and attitudes in relation to person-centred mental healthcare.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Madness in the movies: An evaluation of the use of cinema to explore mental health issues in nurse education, Nurse Education in Practice, November 2016, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2016.09.009.
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