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When Is Virtual Reality “Therapy”?

  • Danielle E. Levac
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author Danielle E. Levac, PhD, Motor Control Laboratory, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Ottawa, 200 Lees Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 5S9, Canada.
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    School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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  • Jane Galvin
    Affiliations
    School of Occupational Therapy, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, The Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

    Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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Published:November 05, 2012DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2012.10.021

      Abstract

      The use of virtual reality (VR) systems within physical rehabilitation clinical practice and research is rapidly developing, highlighting the need for consensus as to the meaning and relevance of the label “VR therapy.” The purpose of this communication is to argue that explicit examination of the inferences underlying this label and discussion regarding the role of clinicians in VR implementation are required. In this vein, we propose what we consider to be a more relevant label and discuss the need for evidence to support knowledge translation initiatives for therapists interested in integrating VR systems within clinical practice.

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