Virtual Reality as a Tool in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Narrative Review

Sumedha, . and Clements, Jim Brown and Vinosh Kumar, Purushothaman (2020) Virtual Reality as a Tool in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Narrative Review. INTI JOURNAL, 2020 (33). ISSN e2600-7320


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Background and Objective: Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) has been widely accepted as a standard non-pharmacological intervention for the management of chronic lung diseases. The 21st century has ushered in the age of technology utilization in every field including healthcare. Virtual Reality (VR) is an emerging technology with several potential benefits in almost every aspect of PR, whether be it assessment or treatment. This narrative review aims to explore emerging evidence regarding the utilization of VR in PR, adding feathers to the emerging IR4.0. Methods and Results: Literature related to the utilization of VR in PR was sourced from following electronic databases from inception until May 2020: Google Scholar, PubMed, PEDro, and Cochrane databases. A total of 14 articles that informed the content of the present review were identified. These articles were reviewed and summarized with an emphasis on how VR could be beneficial as an adjunct to the current practice of PR. Conclusion: VR shows promising results as a beneficial intervention in the rehabilitation of patients with chronic lung diseases. However, further research with large, well-designed randomized controlled trials are needed to further support these shreds of evidence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual Reality, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Exergames
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 03:13
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 03:28

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