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Use of Virtual Reality Technology to Support the Home Modification Process: A Scoping Review

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Department of Occupational Therapy, Seoul North Municipal Hospital, Seoul 02062, Korea
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Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Medical Science, Jeonju University, Jeonju 55101, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11096; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111096
Received: 21 September 2021 / Revised: 19 October 2021 / Accepted: 19 October 2021 / Published: 21 October 2021
Healthcare is a field in which the benefits of virtual reality (VR), such as risk-taking without consequences, direct experience, and service outcome prediction, can be utilized. VR technology has been used to help clients face environmental barriers by implementing a home environment in virtual reality without a home visit by an expert. This scoping review was conducted to identify the areas and implementation methods of the home modification process supported by VR technology. Twelve studies met the research criteria. The following three types of tools supported by VR technology for the home modification process were identified: educational tools for clients or specialists, home environment measurement tools, and intermediaries for decision making and collaboration between clients and specialists. Most of the studies reported positive results regarding the usability and acceptability of the technology, but barriers have also been reported, such as technical problems, inappropriate population groups for technical use, cost-related issues, the need for training, and fear that the technology could replace home visits. Thus, VR technology has potential value in the home modification process. However, for future clinical applications, additional studies to maximize the benefits of these VR technologies and address the identified problems are required. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaboration; education; home environment measurement; occupational therapist collaboration; education; home environment measurement; occupational therapist
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Hwang, N.-K.; Shim, S.-H. Use of Virtual Reality Technology to Support the Home Modification Process: A Scoping Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 11096. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111096

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Hwang N-K, Shim S-H. Use of Virtual Reality Technology to Support the Home Modification Process: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(21):11096. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111096

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Hwang, Na-Kyoung, and Sun-Hwa Shim. 2021. "Use of Virtual Reality Technology to Support the Home Modification Process: A Scoping Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 21: 11096. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111096

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