CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Methods Inf Med 2020; 59(02/03): 059-060
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715797
Editorial

Using Information and Communication Technologies to Enhance Patient Rehabilitation Research Techniques

Habib M. Fardoun
1  Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Daniyal M. Alghazzawi
1  Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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M. Elena De la Guia
2  Albacete Research Institute of Informatics (I3A), University of Castilla-la Mancha (UCLM), Albacete, Spain
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Introduction

Physical rehabilitation is generally perceived as a face-to-face interaction between therapist and patient. However, thanks to technology developments, this picture has been changed. The massive innovation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has brought a revolution to the view of health, people, and work.[1] Especially, the application of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) has given an important contribution to health. Lastly, a growing number of studies have shown important implications of the use of ICTs, VR, and AR for treating several disorders and promotion of healthy lifestyles or well-being. Initially, most of these studies have focused on treating anxiety disorders,[1] phobias (e.g., specific phobias, social phobia, and agoraphobia),[2] posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),[3] attention deficit disorder,[4] eating disorder,[5] the reduction in stress,[6] and posttraumatic stress disorders in patients with limbs amputation[7] among others. In all these studies, the use of these ICTs has supported doctors and researchers to reach the best results for patients. Thanks to the technological advances, it is possible to reproduce virtual environment where people can move as they are in the real world or having some mobile applications which can enlarge the world around us and facing specific phobia. But for professionals, it is not always an easy work because the use of ICTs usually implies that psychologists have to open their mind and cowork with engineers and other professionals who have different backgrounds.



Publication History

Publication Date:
07 September 2020 (online)

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