Using VR Technology to Teach Medical Students about Dementia. 📚
🔬 Experiential learning has proven to be more effective than traditional textbook-based learning, and virtual reality (VR) applications can provide students with the necessary experiences.
📚 Many medical students have a limited knowledge of dementia and often stigmatize patients before even meeting them. To address this issue, medical schools need to focus on multifaceted teaching methods that include personal experiences.
🌍 To deepen medical students’ knowledge about dementia, an associate professor at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, conducted a VR experiment. The experiment consisted of three phases: a pre-test questionnaire, a VR simulation of a patient’s experience, and a post-test questionnaire and reflection.
💡 In the pre-test phase, students answered questions about their attitudes towards dementia and elderly people living with dementia. They then learned how to use the VR kit in about 20 seconds.
⚡During the VR experience, students were able to experience firsthand the difficulties that people with dementia face in performing everyday tasks.
🔎 The post-test phase included questions about the VR experience and its use in education.
🔬The results of the experiment were positive. The VR experience had a significant impact on the students’ attitudes towards dementia, with some students even bursting into tears after taking off their VR glasses. They expressed appreciation for the opportunity to experience the challenges faced by people with dementia and emphasized the importance of incorporating VR into medical education.
💡 This experiment has shown that VR technology can effectively change medical students’ attitudes towards dementia and improve their understanding of the condition. It provides a unique opportunity for students to gain firsthand insights into the thoughts and experiences of elderly patients with dementia.
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