A Virtual Reality Training Tool to Improve Weight-Related Communication Across Healthcare Settings

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Abstract

Overweight and obesity is a global health problem and the related challenges are complex and difficult to address. Healthcare professionals working across different settings have opportunities to engage in weight-related discussions, but often there are perceived barriers to communication. Training in this area provides healthcare professionals with little opportunity for skills-based communication practice because the training is mostly limited to the medical impacts of overweight and obesity. A virtual reality (VR) training tool could offer the opportunity to learn and practice sensitive communication skills in a safe and practical way. This paper describes the research methodology that will be used to develop and test the feasibility of a VR training tool to improve weight-related communication with patients who are overweight and obese in healthcare settings.

The study design will use a mixed method approach over 4 phases; (1) Systematic literature review (2) Design and development of the VR training tool (3) Usability testing and (4) A Feasibility study of the VR training tool. A Twitter chat will be used to gather feedback from the public and semi-structured interviews with healthcare professionals will inform the design of the VR tool. The anticipated outcome of this PhD is the development and feasibility testing of a VR training tool to improve weight-related communication with patients who are overweight and obese in healthcare settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCE 2019 Proceedings of the 31st European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning for Cognition
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages19-22
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450371667
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-7166-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2019
Event31st European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics: Design for Cognition - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 201913 Sep 2019
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/conference/european-conference-on-cognitive-ergonomics

Conference

Conference31st European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
Abbreviated titleECCE 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period10/09/1913/09/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Obesity
  • Virtual Reality
  • ELearning
  • Weight management
  • Obesity management
  • Virtual reality
  • Connected health
  • Digital learning
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health communication

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    Quigley, F., Moorhead, A., Bond, RR., Zheng, H., & McAloon, T. (2019). A Virtual Reality Training Tool to Improve Weight-Related Communication Across Healthcare Settings. In ECCE 2019 Proceedings of the 31st European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics: Designing for Cognition (pp. 19-22). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3335082.3335121