The Effect of Virtual Reality Application on Pain, Functional Independence, and Depression in the Older Adults: A Pilot Study


Genel Tıp Dergisi, vol.33, no.2, pp.205-211, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.54005/geneltip.1233103
  • Journal Name: Genel Tıp Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-211
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Abstract Purpose: The aim of the study is to determine the effects of virtual reality (Kinect game called Dance Central) experience on pain, depression and functional ability in elderly adults living in nursing homes. Design and Methods: This study was carried out for a total of 3 weeks, by applying it twice a day, 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, 3 days a week. Findings: A statistically significant difference (χ2=13.455;p=0.001) was found between the depression scales of the elderly in the experimental group. In the pain scale, it was determined that there was a significant difference (t=2.317; p=0.039) between the experimental group and the control group at the 1st month. Practice Implications: Nurses creating appropriate interventions in long-term care facilities can have an impact on the pain and depression of older adults.