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UBC and Interior Health research explores use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation (Dr. Devin Harris)

Dr. Devin Harris, Interior Health Executive Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safety (Photo credit: UBC)

A new pilot project with the Faculty of Medicine Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CCDPM), Interior Health, and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation brings together healthcare professionals within Interior Health, UBC researchers, and private donors to foster new research and quality improvement (QI) solutions.

Virtual reality (VR) has recently emerged as an innovative and cost-effective therapy option for stroke patients recovering in hospital. While research shows VR can help improve physical and functional recovery, there is limited research on its effects on mood and patient activity levels.

“From a patient quality perspective, this has been an ideal partnership,” says Dr. Devin Harris, Interior Health Executive Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safety. “Interior Health clinicians and staff wanted to evaluate the impact of the VR unit on patient-centered outcomes, and CCDPM provided the research leadership. Our patients and families will benefit from the incredibly positive partnership between Interior Health, the KGH Foundation, and the CCDPM.”

Click here to read the full article in UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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