Virtual Reality Transforming Medical Rehab

Game-based therapies poised to help improve quality of life for those with disabilities...

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies are collaborating with the Kessler Foundation on virtual reality projects related to cognitive and motor rehabilitation research.

Clinical studies using virtual reality are producing results that will reshape the future of inpatient, outpatient and home-based medical rehabilitation. When managed by skilled clinicians, the accessibility and flexibility offered by engaging game-based therapies will likely improve the quality of life for people with a variety of disabilities.”

— Albert Rizzo, PhD, Medical Virtual Reality research group, USC

The researchers hope their findings will help to advance rehabilitation research for cognitive and physical disabilities and support more effective, convenient, and affordable home-based rehabilitation.

This collaboration will enable us to assess patients in controllable interactive virtual environments and test rehabilitation interventions in settings that reflect the challenges of everyday life. Understanding the impact of disability on everyday life will help us devise ways to overcome those challenges.”

— John DeLuca, PhD., vice president for research, Kessler Foundation

Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/kf-kfa011012.php

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