Application of virtual reality for peritoneal dialysis exchange learning in patients with end-stage renal disease and cognitive impairment

Connie M.S. Lee, Kenneth N.K. Fong (Corresponding Author), Maggie M.Y. Mok, M. K. Lam, Y. Kung, Paven P.W. Chan, Maggie K.M. Ma, S. L. Lui, Lorraine P.Y. Kwan, W. L. Chu, P. C. Hui, Christina S.F. Yau, Ivan W.L. Kwan, Kelsey Y.M. Chan, Tak Mao Chan

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Abstract

Cognitive impairment is not uncommon in patients with end-stage renal disease and can make it more difficult for these patients to carry out peritoneal dialysis (PD) on their own. Their attempts to do so may result in adverse consequences such as peritonitis. PD exchange is a complex procedure demanding knowledge and skill which requires close supervision and guidance by a renal nurse specialist. In this study, a non-immersive virtual reality (VR) training program using a Leap motion hand tracking device was developed to facilitate patients’ understanding and learning of the PD exchange procedure before attempting real task practice. This study was a two-center single-blinded randomized controlled trial on 23 incident PD patients. Patients in the experimental group received 8 sessions of VR training, while patients in the control were provided with printed educational materials. The results showed that there were significant differences between the two groups in performance of the overall PD exchange sequence, especially on the crucial steps. VR had a patient satisfaction rate of 89%, and all patients preferred to have the VR aid incorporated in PD training. Our findings conclude VR can be a useful aid in the training and reinforcement of PD exchange procedures, with distinct merits of being free from restrictions of time, space, and manpower.

Original languageEnglish
JournalVirtual Reality
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Cognitive impairment
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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