Why VR in the HEALTHCARE sector?
For more than twenty years, virtual reality has shown clinical potential within areas such as dementia treatment, rehabilitation training, anxiety disorders and more (Li et al. 2011 p. 148, Hone-Blanchet et al. 2014, Hayhurst 2017). Because of its unique ability to create a sense of presence for the user, VR have even been proven to match traditional exposure therapy, when it comes to treating phobias and angst effectively (Powers et al. 2008 p. 567). Studies also indicate that VR for pain management tailored towards the unique needs of burn patients is highly effective (Hoffman et al., 2011).
VR helps the mind focus on positive scenarios and distracts the attention from the unpleasantries of the procedures – and all while being a non-invasive option. In addition, digital environments and exercises can be completely tailored to the individual patient. Such environments give the patient the exact treatment they require, using data or manual configurations as a starting point.
Within medical training, VR provides a rich, interactive and engaging educational context, with emphasis on learning-by-doing – also increasing motivation and the acquisition and transfer of knowledge (Mantovani, 2004). These are all qualities stemming from the unique kind of multimodality and interactivity featured in VR applications (Ritterfeld, 2009).
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VR provides a great space for experimentation and learning-by-doing. Recreating a training scenario in VR relieves the medical student of many practical and ethical concerns, since no real patients has to be involved.
TRAIN COMPLICATED PROCEDURES
VR and augmented reality assist with complicated procedures or leverage a completely safe and risk-free, yet realistic interactive environment for teaching.
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Article | “Virtual and augmented reality for the maritime sector – applications and requirements” (U. F. von Lukas, 2010) via sciencedirect.com