Virtual Reality Games for Elderly Socialization
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02798081|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 14, 2016
Last Update Posted : February 8, 2018
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Aged||Behavioral: Single arm study||Not Applicable|
Background: The use of new Technologies, such as the resources of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), appears as a valuable tool to promote socialization in many groups of people. Serious games with virtual reality are an example of these resources and might bring benefits also to the elderly population, allowing an enjoyable and safe interaction that uses various sensorial stimuli. The purpose of this study protocol is to evaluate the effects of practicing virtual reality games on elderly socialization.
Method/Design: It will be an experimental, prospective longitudinal study which will use serious games with virtual reality to improve the socialization of elderly people. A minimum of 23 people aged 60 years and older, of both sexes, from an informatics course for beginners will participate in the study. The evaluation will consist mainly in answering two validated questionnaires on socialization, the short Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults (SELSA-S) and short-form UCLA Loneliness Scale (ULS-6). Reaction time and performance will also be measured by three virtual reality games, namely Reaction Time, Random and Moviletrando. All this evaluation will be repeated in three moments: T0 - at baseline; T1 - after 8 conventional informatics classes and; T2 - after 8 informatics classes which includes 15 minutes for practicing virtual reality games.
Discussion: This study will determine whether the practice of virtual reality games in addition to the usual informatics classes contributes to elderly socialization. The evolution in socialization, the evolution of reaction time and performance in virtual reality games and the correlation of motor learning to socialization will also be investigated.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||52 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Virtual Reality Games for Elderly Socialization|
|Actual Study Start Date :||August 2016|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||July 2017|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||December 2017|
Experimental: Single arm study
A minimum of 46 elderly, students of a informatics course, will participate in the study. Initially, the students will have 8 usual informatics classes in the institution where they were enrolled spontaneously. Then, during the next 8 classes (from class 9 to class 16) they will practice 10 minutes of virtual reality games, as part of the class.
Behavioral: Single arm study
In Step 1 the elderly will participate of eight conventional computer classes which they were spontaneously enrolled. In Step 2, 10 minutes of the next eight classes will be used to practice serious games using virtual reality, using physical interface (keyboard or mouse).
Other Name: practicing virtual reality games
- Socialization assessed by SELSA-S [ Time Frame: up to 10 weeks ]
Improvement on self-perceived loneliness, representing the socialization level of the elderly, comparing baseline to the first 8 usual computer classes and after the 8 classes with virtual reality games. This will be verified through a decrease in the score of SELSA-S.
SELSA-S has 15 items, scoring up to 7 in each, 105 in total.
- time of response during the practise of virtual reality games as assessed by TRT, Random and Moviletrando [ Time Frame: up to 10 weeks ]It's expected to have a decrease in time of response during the practise of virtual reality games. It will be recorded by the softwares of the games: Time response (TRT), Random and Moviletrando
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02798081
|Faculdade de Medicina do ABC|
|Santo André, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 09060-650|
|Principal Investigator:||Thaiany Antunes, Master||Faculdade de Medicina do ABC|