Virtual Reality-Based Education Program for Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: Development and Feasibility Test

Hongjin Cheon, Jun-Ah Song, Jiyeon Kim, Sua Jung, Gerard Jounghyun Kim

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Abstract

This study aims to develop a virtual reality-based education program for managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia for family carers of persons living with dementia and investigate the feasibility for users. The program was developed through literature review, interviews with family carers, surveys, and expert content validity assessment. User feasibility was evaluated quantitatively through a questionnaire on usefulness, ease of use, and satisfaction, and qualitatively through participant interviews. The program was produced in two parts, Type 1 and Type 2, consisting of three and six episodes, respectively. Participants showed a high level of satisfaction with overall program scores of 4.28 ± 0.66 and 4.34 ± 0.41 for the two evaluations. Participants also expressed that both programs were helpful, Type 1 for achieving changes in attitude associated with more understanding of persons living with dementia and Type 2 for acquiring coping methods through communication training. Use of the virtual reality device was not inconvenient and was identified as helpful due to the high immersion experience. Results of this study confirmed that family carers had no resistance to education using new technologies such as virtual reality devices and that virtual reality-based education could be effective for training family carers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalCIN - Computers Informatics Nursing
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Feb 21

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Keywords

  • Carers
  • Dementia
  • Feasibility studies
  • Program development
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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