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Evaluating the usability of a Virtual Reality-based Android application in managing the pain experience of wheelchair users

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4 Author(s)
Spyridonis, F. ; Dept. of Inf. Syst. & Comput., Brunel Univ., Uxbridge, UK ; Gronli, T.-M. ; Hansen, J. ; Ghinea, G.

Pain constitutes an important medical concern that can have severe implications to a wheelchair user's quality of life. Results from studies indicate that pain is a common problem in this group of individuals, having a reported frequency of always (12%) and everyday (33%). This incidence signifies the need for more applicable and effective pain management clinical tools. As a result, in this paper we present an Android application (PainDroid) that has been enhanced with Virtual Reality (VR) technology for the purpose of improving the management of pain. Our evaluation with a group of wheelchair users revealed that PainDroid demonstrated high usability among this population, and is foreseen that it can make an important contribution in research on the assessment and management of pain.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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Aug. 28 2012-Sept. 1 2012