Thousands of people suffer from traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs each year. This is now considered a critical public health concern and results in a number of severe consequences for the victim, as well as their family. For many people suffering from a TBI, the recovery process is slow and dependent on the availability of intensive and complex assisted rehabilitation programs.
This white paper was created for evaluating the feasibility of digital games in improving general well-being and cognitive function for those suffering a TBI.
Key takeaways from this study, which are highlighted in the following white paper include:
- The effect of TBI's around the country
- The effect of virtual reality and whether it improves cognitive function
- The outcomes of the research based on each participants TBI severity and treatment (game) option
In the future, researchers believe that virtual reality and other, similar games, may help those suffering from TBI's overcome some of the cognitive challenges this injury presents to restore their well-being and day to day function and life.
Originally published by US National Library of Medicine on 8/1/2016
- Välimäki, M., Korkeila, J., Kauppi, K., Kaakinen, J. K., Holm, S., Vahlo, J., … & Orenius, T. (2016). Digital Gaming for Improving the Functioning of People With Traumatic Brain Injury: Protocol of a Feasibility Study. JMIR research protocols, 5(1).