VR for Rehabilitation: The Therapist Interaction and Experience

Ana Ferreira, Alena Hanchar, Vitória Menezes, Bruno Giesteira, Claudia Quaresma, Susana Pestana, Andreia Pinto de Sousa, Pedro Neves, Micaela Fonseca

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Virtual Reality (VR) Serious Games can improve physical, cognitive and mental rehabilitation by helping patients stay engaged and entertained while performing rehabilitation exercises. Patients need therapist monitoring and intervention tailored to each patient and to each point in their unique rehabilitation process. This article reports on a prototype development of a therapist interface for an occupational therapy rehabilitation VR game, which was guided by user research and co-creation sessions. Usability testing was carried out with low-and high-fidelity prototypes. Despite achieving a System Usability Scale score of 93.75, the interface requires further development at the level of game-session creation and parameter personalization. This article showcases relevant challenges in interaction design for including the therapist in the patient's game-playing while allowing fast/efficient setup of appropriate game-based therapy, thus balancing patient outcomes and efficient use of therapist time and effort.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI International 2022
Subtitle of host publicationLate Breaking Posters - 24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2022, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona, Stavroula Ntoa, Gavriel Salvendy
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-19679-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-19678-2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2022
Event24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 26 Jun 20221 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1654 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2022
CityVirtual, Online


  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Therapist interface
  • User-centered research
  • VR


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