Effectiveness and feasibility of using the computerized interactive virtual space in reducing depressive symptoms of Hong Kong Chinese children hospitalized with cancer

William H.C. Li, Joyce O.K. Chung, Eva K.Y. Ho, Sau Ying Chiu

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Abstract

Purpose. To examine the effectiveness and feasibility of using the computerized interactive virtual space in reducing depressive symptoms of children hospitalized with cancer. Design and Methods. A nonequivalent control group design was employed. Children (8-16 years of age; n= 122) admitted to a pediatric oncology ward during a 14-month period were recruited. Results. The results support the effectiveness and feasibility of using the computerized interactive virtual space in reducing depressive symptoms of children hospitalized with cancer. Practice Implications. The results heighten the awareness in nurses of the importance of integrating play activities as an essential component of holistic and quality nursing care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-198
Number of pages9
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Child
  • Nursing
  • Play
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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