Virtual Reality, Dementia
Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States are living with dementia, with numbers expected to rise to 13.8 million by 2050 As prevalence grows, it is crucial to train future providers to meet the complex and diverse needs of patients and caregivers. Virtual reality (VR) is a growing tool in medical education, but few studies explore this tool for dementia education. One study found VR had a positive impact on medical and pharmacy students’ knowledge and attitudes toward people with dementia.Another study found VR increased the understanding and empathy in medical and physician assistant (PA) students for adults with age-related conditions.
Visich, Diane; Vilmore, Dana; and Dyer, Elizabeth, "Getting Personal with Dementia: Physician Assistant Student Virtual Reality Immersion" (2019). Maine Medical Center. 703.