Rehabilitation: Innovations and Challenges in the Use of Virtual Reality Technologies


Wendy Powell (Editor)
Reader in Virtual Reality, School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Albert “Skip” Rizzo (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Jerusalem, Israel

Paul M. Sharkey, Ph.D. (Editor)
Interactive Systems Research Group, Director of Research, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK

Joav Merrick, M.D., MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Disability Studies
BISAC: SOC029000

Virtual rehabilitation has been the focus of considerable research for many years, but the recent upsurge in consumer-ready virtual reality hardware and software has led to an increased interest in its use for a variety of clinical and home settings. In order to balance the upsurge in demand for innovative technological healthcare tools, there is need for a credible evidence base for its use and guidance for practitioners on which systems and applications are suitable for different patient populations and rehabilitation goals.

This promising branch of healthcare is already being used to benefit many patients in homes and clinics around the world, but it is evident that there is still much more to learn if researchers are to continue to push the boundaries of clinical innovation and excellence. In this book, the authors present recent research addressing a number of these important topics, adding to their understanding of the complex issues and clinical considerations in virtual rehabilitation research and application. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Innovations and challenges in the use of virtual reality technologies for rehabilitation
Wendy A Powell, Paul M Sharkey, Albert A Rizzo and Joav Merrick (School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and others)

Section One: Virtual rehabilitation

Chapter 2. Current issues and challenges in research on virtual reality therapy for children with neurodisability
William J Farr, Ian Male, Dido Green, Christopher Morris, Heather Gage, Sarah Bailey, Sandra Speller, Valerie Colville, Mandy Jackson, Stephen Bremner and Anjum Memon (Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton, West Sussex, UK, and others)

Chapter 3. Pirate adventure autism assessment app: A new tool to aid clinical assessment of children with possible autistic spectrum disorder
Elizabeth Jordan, William J Farr, Stefan Fager and Ian Male (Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, and others)

Chapter 4. Home based virtual rehabilitation for upper extremity functional recovery post-stroke
Qinyin Qiu, Amanda Cronce, Gerald Fluet, Jigna Patel, Alma Merians and Sergei Adamovich (Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, Rutgers University, Newark, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. Automated instructions and real time feedback for upper limb computerized mirror therapy with augmented reflection technology
Jack Pinches and Simon Hoermann (Department of Information Science and Department of Medicine, University of Otago, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and others)

Chapter 6. Face to face: An interactive facial exercise system for stroke patients with facial weakness
Philip Breedon, Pip Logan, David Pearce, Judi Edmans, Ben Childs and Rebecca O’Brien (Design for Health and Wellbeing Research Group, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, and others)

Chapter 7. Augmented feedback approach to double-leg squat training for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a preliminary study
Mohammad Al-Amri, Jennifer L Davies, Paul Adamson, Kate Button, Paulien Roos and Robert van Deursen (School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Heath, Cardiff, United Kingdom, and others)

Chapter 8. Comparison of functional benefits of self-management training for amputees under virtual world and e-learning conditions
Sandra L Winkler, John A Kairalla, Robin Cooper, Allison Hall, Michelle Schlesinger, Alice Krueger and Ann Ludwig (Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, James A Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, Florida, USA, and others)

Chapter 9. Expanded sense of possibilities: qualitative findings from a virtual self-management training for amputees
Robin Cooper, Sandra L Winkler, John Kairalla, Allison Hall, Michelle Schlesinger, Alice Krueger and Ann Ludwig (Conflict Resolution Studies Department, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, and others)

Chapter 10. Design of a location-aware augmented and alternative communication system to support people with language and speech disorders
M Sazzad Hossain, Masato Takanokura and Kenichi Nakashima (Graduate School of Engineering, Course of Industrial Engineering and Management, Kanagawa University, Kanagawa-Ku, Yokohama, Japan)

Chapter 11. Differential effect of neutral and fear-stimulus virtual reality exposure on physiological indicators of anxiety in acrophobia
Vaughan Powell, Wendy A Powell and Patryk Maron (School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)

Chapter 12. Integrative virtual reality therapy produces lasting benefits for a young woman suffering from chronic pain and depression post cancer surgery: A case study
Gregory House, Grigore C Burdea, Namrata Grampurohit, Kevin Polistico, Doru Roll, Frank Damiani, Jasdeep Hundal and Didier Demesmin (Bright Cloud International Corp, Highland Park, New Jersey, USA, and others)

Section Two: Acknowledgements

Chapter 13. About the editors

Chapter 14. About the School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Chapter 15. About the Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States

Chapter 16. About the University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

Chapter 17. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 18. About the book series “Disability studies”

Section Three: Index


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