PM&R, the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published an article on the use of VirtualRehab in three European clinics. The article titled “Virtual Reality for Neurorehabilitation: Insights From 3 European Clinics” reported on how the system is being used in clinics for Parkinson’s Disease, Pediatric neurorehabilitation and for Multiple Sclerosis rehabilitation in hospitals across Europe.
Three short cases studies reported on the progress and experiences of the clinics implementing virtual reality as an add-on to normal rehabilitation services. Schon Klinik in Munich report on their use of the system for outpatient Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation; discussing how considerations should be made regarding patient safety for Parkinson’s, given the high risk of falls, and how potential for VR technology for PD rehabilitation could be enhanced if the technology puts a greater weight on cueing techniques.
Schon Klinik in Vogtareuth, Germany, discussed how they deployed VirtualRehab in a kiosk for pediatric rehabilitation services. Authors discussed how the technology was being used within group training settings where motivation and competition between the children was key. Whereas, the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Milan reported on their efforts to create a service delivery model where VirtualRehab is used in a telecare setting with Multiple Sclerosis patients.
The open access piece was featured in a special edition on “Innovations Influencing Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” with guest editors Dr Alberto Esquenazi and Dr Ning Cao. The article was made open access by Moss Rehab, of which the team at Evolv send their sincere thanks.
Find the full manuscript can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmrj.2018.08.375