Patricia Flatley Brennan, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Advanced Visualization Branch
Topic: Innovation in visualization to improve patient self-management
Issue: More and more patients are leaving health care settings to receive care within their homes. This shift requires patients to have a greater understanding of, and confidence in, self-management skills. Providing information to patients through static pamphlets or a set of instructions conveyed in clinical language are not ideal methods for achieving optimal home care.
Impact: Dr. Brennan is working on the delivery of health information in new ways that are centered around the patient experience. Her laboratory develops interactive virtual reality experiences to better characterize patients with complex, chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart failure, and the context within which they live. These simulations have several purposes including enabling patients to rehearse problem-solving behaviors to help improve their health outcomes and disease management skills, inspiring design of innovative home care technologies, and improving understanding of the sensory, behavior and cognitive processes that shape self-care.
- Goldsmith DM, Flash S, Holdnack J, Brennan PF. Designing Immersive Virtual Reality Environments for Supporting Patients at Home: Translating Input From Home Care Nurse Experts to Design Requirements. Comput Inform Nurs. 2022.
- Holdnack JA, Brennan PF. Usability and Effectiveness of Immersive Virtual Grocery Shopping for Assessing Cognitive Fatigue in Healthy Controls: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021;10(8):e28073.
Related Scientific Focus Areas
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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