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Developing virtual reality in forensic mental healthcare : a contextual inquiry

Weerink, K.M.A. (2017) Developing virtual reality in forensic mental healthcare : a contextual inquiry.

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Abstract:Virtual Reality (VR) is a promising eHealth tool for the mental healthcare. The question is whether the VR treatment will also be a successful treatment in the forensic setting. The goal of this study is to perform a thorough contextual inquiry, together with the key-stakeholders, to collect information on what type of VR-treatment will be useful within Transfore. The key- stakeholders in this research are the therapists and patients of Transfore. Studies about VR in the forensic mental healthcare are still limited. The findings of the present study showed the need for a personalised treatment, where the therapist can create a realistic and immersive treatment environment for the forensic patient. The training of daily skills, which play a central role in the resocialization of the forensic patient, have to be performed in a realistic context in the treatment room as part of a safe intermediate step, without endangering the society. This intermediate step can be used as step between the clinical treatment environment and the society. A basic VR-protocol is needed, with possibilities for deviation and adjustment to deliver a personalised treatment to the forensic patients. Finally, this study showed a high potential for a VR-technology in the forensic setting. Focus must be on a personalised and motivational treatment in a secured environment, with resocialization as important aim.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74243
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