Authors: S.C. Fok
Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box 2533, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abstract: The capability of virtual reality to create dynamic three-dimensional realistic environments, within which behavioural responses to stimulus can be assessed, offers many new opportunities in cognitive rehabilitation. This paper proposes a framework for an integrated rehabilitation management system to support the home-based cognitive rehabilitation for people suffering from acquired brain injury. An approach to develop Internet-enabled exercises based on existing clinical activities is presented. These exercises, which incorporate both virtual telephone and computer-interfaced prosthesis, would enable people with memory impairment to perform exercises in their homes under the supervision of trained caregivers.
Keywords: virtual reality; internet; rehabilitation management; brain injury; memory impairment; exercises; prosthesis; home-based rehabilitation; cognitive rehabilitation; telemedicine; e-health; electronic healthcare; healthcare technology.
International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 2009 Vol.2 No.1, pp.29 - 43
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