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Vagg, T;Tabirca, S;Shortt, C;Fleming, C;Plant, B
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND REDESIGNING LEARNING SPACES, VOL I
Improving Patient Education and the Transition Process Using Virtual Reality
2019
January
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CARE ADOLESCENTS
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For those diagnosed with a chronic condition at an early age, such as Cystic Fibrosis, transition from a paediatric care facility to an adult orientated facility is often inevitable. Patients can feel anxious and nervous as they are unfamiliar with their new surroundings and healthcare team. Research has shown that these symptoms would be reduced if patients were given the opportunity to meet their new healthcare team and become familiar with the new process and surroundings prior to transitioning. This research explores the possibility of using Virtual Reality as a means of complementing the transition process. By allowing patients to explore and learn of their new surroundings and meet their healthcare team virtually prior to transitioning, it is anticipated that their will be an improvement on patient education and experience. A 3D model of the Adult CF Day Unit, Specialist Inpatient Unit, and other common testing labs is created for exploration in the Unreal Engine 4. This 3D environment is then prepared for use in a HTC Vive. The environment also includes interest points, audio, and welcome video introducing the adult CF healthcare team. Throughout the development process this system is tested with five technical researchers. The feedback received from these evaluators primarily focused on the use of a UI and other features such as a bread-crumb trail and audio to assist in the educational content at interest points. This feedback has now been implemented in preparation for patient testing. It is anticipated that this will enhance the patients experience and educate them on the transition process.
10.12753/2066-026X-19-069
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