Clinical Connections: Augmenting Therapy with Virtual Reality
Practitioners in rehabilitation may challenged to combat the repetitive of activities that can lead to boredom, decreased therapy engagement, and decreased outcomes. Virtual reality offers an opportunity to innovate rehabilitation practices. Virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) are currently not widely adopted rehabilitation modalities. Many rehabilitation programs do not utilize VR as a tool to attaining goals and outcomes. The decreased utilization of VR/MR may be due to decreased knowledge of research, clinical time required for use, access to the technology and technology operation. This course will discuss both the practice of including virtual reality in rehabilitation exercises as well as patient and caregiver engagement practices. In order to keep patients engaged, practitioners involved in rehabilitation, both inpatient and outpatient, need to know strategies to discuss difficulty topics with family member, be able to engage both the patient and family/caregivers in the course of rehabilitation, and appropriately refer patients to community resources.
Nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, case managers, social workers, physiatrists/physicians, fellows, and residents involved with rehabilitation are encouraged to attend.
Having attended this activity, attendees will be able to:
1. Recognize how immersion and embodiment can improve patient engagement.
2. Integrate therapeutic activity analysis into a virtual reality experience.
3. Identify current motor disabilities barriers to using virtual reality/mixed reality and methods of
minimizing these barriers.
4pm Sign in
4:15pm Welcome and Introduction Briana Kelly
4:20pm Presentation and Q&A Randall Huzinec
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.5 contact hours.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.50 ASWB
- 1.50 Attendance
Instructions to Register
This program is free to all CRS and UPMC employees.
Deadline to register is April 30, 2023.
Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to reserve your space at CCEHS conferences.
• Visit our online registration site at: cce.upmc.com
• Here is the direct link to register:
• Click the “Register/Take Course” Button and enter all the requested information. After registering, an electronic confirmation will be sent to you. Online registration is complete upon receipt of a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email immediately, please contact Jessa Darwin (firstname.lastname@example.org).