Special Issue "Virtual Reality and Robotics Interventions for Neurological Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 10912
Interests: stroke; virtual reality; robotics; rehabilitation; neurorehabilitation; neurological diseases, motor learning
Interests: virtual reality; gait analysis; physiotherapy; neurorehabilitation; dry needling; neurological disorders, stroke, multiple sclerosis
In the 21st century, the use of technology in the field of medicine looks promising. The utilization of robotics, health wearables, and telemedicine, in general, is becoming more common in clinical practice. Another form of new technology, virtual reality (VR), has become a subject of interest among researchers around the world. VR can cover a wide spectrum of technologies, starting from simple feedback using a monitor, through the very popular head-mounted display (VR goggle), to advanced EMG-based robotic devices that can be integrated within the VR environment. Apart from physical therapy, VR has also been used to improve the mental state of neurological patients. Immersion through VR is also related to the notion of “escapism”, meaning an escape from reality into the world of fiction and illusion, which in turn can positively affect mental health. The above examples show the spectrum of VR applications at random; however, this area is still a technological novelty. Studies focusing on acceptability, feasibility, tolerability, and initial clinical efficacy studies are still needed, but so are randomized controlled trials that compare clinically important outcomes between intervention and control conditions, as well as high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Therefore, in light of the rapid expansion of the virtual reality field, we propose this Special Issue for a contribution within the innovative technologies field. We invite the submission of original research on VR support, treatment, and/or assessment in neurological diseases. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses will also be welcomed.
Dr. Pawel Kiper
Prof. Dr. Carlos Luque Moreno
Dr. Błażej Cieślik
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- virtual reality
- recovery of function
- neurological diseases
- multiple sclerosis
- cerebral palsy
- parkinson’s disease
- mental health