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Simulating the homes of stroke patients: can virtual environments help to promote engagement in therapy activities?

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1 Author(s)
O'Brien, Jamie ; doctoral research student at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, UK. His research explores the use of VR in stroke rehabilitation, telephone +44 207 679 5919; email

An exploratory study examines the use of VR in promoting patients' task engagement in post-stroke therapy activities. To this end, subjects' home kitchens were simulated, including objects that the subjects had identified as representing 'meaningful' activities (e.g. a hobby). The subjects were then asked to perform simple navigation and recall tasks in the VR environment. Their levels of engagement in these tasks were measured through a combination of qualitative (questionnaire and interview) and quantitative (GSR) methods. The findings suggest that VR simulations might help promote engagement.

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Virtual Rehabilitation, 2007

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27-29 Sept. 2007