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Bring the Outside In: Providing Accessible Experiences Through VR for People with Dementia in Locked Psychiatric Hospitals

Tabbaa, Luma, Ang, Chee Siang, Rose, Vienna, Siriaraya, Panote, Stewart, Inga, Jenkins, Keith, Matsangidou, Maria (2019) Bring the Outside In: Providing Accessible Experiences Through VR for People with Dementia in Locked Psychiatric Hospitals. In: Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. . ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-5970-2. (doi:10.1145/3290605.3300466) (KAR id:72034)

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Many people with dementia (PWD) residing in long-term care may face barriers in accessing experiences beyond their physical premises; this may be due to location, mobility constraints, legal mental health act restrictions, or offence-related restrictions. In recent years, there have been research interests towards designing non-pharmacological interventions aiming to improve the Quality of Life (QoL) for PWD within long-term care. We explored the use of Virtual Reality (VR) as a tool to provide 360°-video based experiences for individuals with moderate to severe dementia residing in a locked psychiatric hospital. We discuss at depth the appeal of using VR for PWD, and the observed impact of such interaction. We also present the design opportunities, pitfalls, and recommendations for future deployment in healthcare services. This paper demonstrates the potential of VR as a virtual alternative to experiences that may be difficult to reach for PWD residing within locked setting.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3290605.3300466
Uncontrolled keywords: Virtual Reality; Dementia; Long-Term Care; Locked Psychiatric Hospital; Patient-Centred Design; Person-Centred Care
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Jim Ang
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 11:52 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 10:08 UTC
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