When a Brain Teaser Can Help Save a Life
A group of Australian doctors have used a brain teasers to teach children the signs of brain tumor and to help them make decisions about treatment.
The patients in the study were given three brain teases, one of which was based on a video of the patient.
“They’re saying ‘I don’t know what’s going on with me.
I don’t feel right’,” said Dr Jennifer Smith, from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine.
“That’s a warning sign.”
The patient was then asked about their family history of brain tumors.
“It’s really important for us to be able to talk to them about it because that’s a very important piece of information for us as parents,” Dr Smith said.
The patient also had to make a choice about the treatments.
“If they had a tumour on their brain, the patient was told that there were two options: they could either go to a specialist or have a biopsy done,” Dr Jones said.
The patient was given a choice between the two options.” “
There were also two options of whether or of course they would die.”
The patient was given a choice between the two options.
“The patients were then asked whether they had ever heard of the disease, and whether they would be willing to take part in the trial.
We want to be sure that we’re really looking at the symptoms, and that’s why we’re giving the patient a brain taser,” she said.