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Am J Occup Ther. 2009 Sep-Oct;63(5):535-42.

Training multitasking in a virtual supermarket: a novel intervention after stroke.

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Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Services, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. Debbie.Rand@vch.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the potential of the VMall, a virtual supermarket running on a video-capture virtual reality system, as an intervention tool for people who have multitasking deficits after stroke.

METHOD:

Poststroke, 4 participants received ten 60-min sessions over 3 weeks using the VMall. The intervention focused on improving multitasking while the participant was engaged in a virtual shopping task. Instruments included the Multiple Errands Test-Hospital Version (MET-HV) in a real mall and in the VMall.

RESULTS:

Participants achieved improvements ranging from 20.5% to 51.2% for most of the MET-HV measures performed in a real shopping mall and in the VMall.

CONCLUSIONS:

The data support the VMall's potential as a motivating and effective intervention tool for the rehabilitation of people poststroke who have multitasking deficits during the performance of daily tasks. However, because the sample was small, additional intervention studies with the VMall should be conducted.

PMID:
19785252
DOI:
10.5014/ajot.63.5.535
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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