Current issues and challenges in research on virtual reality therapy for children with neurodisability

Farr, W J, Male, I, Green, D, Morris, C, Gage, H, Bailey, S, Speller, S, Colville, V, Jackson, M, Bremner, S and Memon, A (2017) Current issues and challenges in research on virtual reality therapy for children with neurodisability. In: Sharkey, P and Rizzo, A A (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies. University of Reading, UK, pp. 41-48. ISBN 9780704915473 (Accepted)

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Abstract

A PICO (population, intervention, comparison, outcome) approach is adopted to discuss issues and challenges in virtual reality therapy research in community health settings. Widespread variation within and between populations, e.g. co morbid conditions, complicates treatment fidelity and applicability. Interventions require flexible dose and frequency to fit into children’s family circumstances, with clearly employed specialist paediatric research staff. Comparisons require adaptation to digital technology, and keep pace with development. Outcomes may overstate the impact of virtual reality therapy and technological novelty, while not fully unpacking hidden digital effects. A wide set of agreed, flexible, and patient-centred outcome measures are required to establish positive clinical baseline.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
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Depositing User: Rosie Harvey
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 10:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66522

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