Dinner is ready!”: Virtual Reality Assisted Training for Chronic Pain Rehabilitation

Monique Tabak, Miriam Cabrita, Thomas Schueler, David Hoerst, Rene Heuven, Benjamin Kinast, Annika Thomas

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Abstract

Gamified environments in Virtual Reality (VR) have shown promising results for acute pain and behavioral health. The potential for rehabilitation of chronic pain has yet to be explored. In this paper, we present a Virtual Reality game to improve the training of chronic pain both in the clinical and home settings. The prototype was designed in strong collaboration with therapists and patients to meet specific needs of this clinical population. With this approach, we are able to translate clinical guidelines into the VR environment to facilitate future implementation in the care path. User evaluations show that the game tasks meet the aim of simulating activities performed in clinical practice and provide indications for future improvements. The proof of concept will be finalized end-2017. We expect that VR-assisted training for chronic pain rehabilitation can provide added value in terms of motivation, engagement and facilitating rehabilitation achievements to daily life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI PLAY '17 Extended Abstracts
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts Publication of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
Pages283-289
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5111-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2017 - Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 15 Oct 201718 Oct 2017
https://chiplay.acm.org/2017/

Conference

ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2017
Abbreviated titleCHI PLAY 2017
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period15/10/1718/10/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • Virtual reality
  • Chronic pain
  • Rehabilitation

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