Virtual reality for mobility devices: training applications and
clinical results: a review


Erren-Wolters, Cathelijne V. and Dijk, Henk van and Kort, Alexander C. de and IJzerman, Maarten J. and Jannink, Michiel J. (2007) Virtual reality for mobility devices: training applications and
clinical results: a review.
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 30 (2). pp. 91-96. ISSN 0342-5282

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Abstract:Virtual reality technology is an emerging technology that
possibly can address the problems encountered in training
(elderly) people to handle a mobility device. The objective
of this review was to study different virtual reality training
applications as well as their clinical implication for patients
with mobility problems. Computerized literature searches
were performed using the MEDLINE, Cochrane, CIRRIE
and REHABDATA databases. This resulted in eight peer
reviewed journal articles. The included studies could be
divided into three categories, on the basis of their study
objective. Five studies were related to training driving skills,
two to physical exercise training and one to leisure activity.
This review suggests that virtual reality is a potentially
useful means to improve the use of a mobility device, in
training one’s driving skills, for keeping up the physical
condition and also in a way of leisure time activity. Although
this field of research appears to be in its early stages, the
included studies pointed out a promising transfer of
training in a virtual environment to the real-life use of
mobility devices.
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