publication . Article . 2021

Virtual Reality as a Technological-Aided Solution to Support Communication in Persons With Neurodegenerative Diseases and Acquired Brain Injury During COVID-19 Pandemic

Fabrizio Stasolla; Marta Matamala-Gomez; Sara Bernini; Alessandro O. Caffò; Sara Bottiroli; Sara Bottiroli;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2021 Journal: Frontiers in Public Health, volume 8 (eissn: 2296-2565, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
<jats:p>The COVID-19 poses an ongoing threat to lives around the world and challenges the existing public health and medical service delivery. The lockdown or quarantine measures adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has caused the interruption in ongoing care and access to medical care including to patients with existing neurological conditions. Besides the passivity, isolation, and withdrawal, patients with neurodegenerative diseases experience difficulties in communication due to a limited access to leisure opportunities and interaction with friends and relatives. The communication difficulties may exacerbate the burden on the caregivers. Therefore, assis...
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free text keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health, Perspective, assistive technology, neurodegenerative diseases, healthcare, COVID19, quality of life, caregivers burden, assistive technology; caregivers burden; COVID19; healthcare; neurodegenerative diseases; quality of life; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Brain Injuries; Female; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Inventions; Male; Middle Aged; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Pandemics; Quarantine; Telemedicine; COVID-19; Communication; Virtual Reality, lcsh:Public aspects of medicine, lcsh:RA1-1270
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