Research on training and learning in virtual reality

Since 2018, VitaSim has been researching and developing solutions using virtual reality (VR) to facilitate training and learning. During this time, we have helped universities and hospitals in Denmark and abroad conducting research to understand the effect on learning outcomes of using VR solutions for training and educational purposes.

Hands-on training and apprenticeships are important for training procedures in several professions. However, it can be difficult to achieve ideal learning conditions, either because an instructor is not always available or there are parts of a procedure that are difficult to simulate in the classroom (e.g., use of expensive equipment or procedures that involve safety risks). VR simulation training can overcome these problems by allowing learners to make mistakes and learn from them in a safe virtual training environment.

It is critical for us that the VR solutions we develop are supported by research, and that we can provide scientific documentation that these solutions help our users learn.

We are convinced that, when applied at right points in a learning process, technology can enhance learning, and we have participated in several studies that support this.

You can read summaries of these studies below, with links to complete articles if you wish to read more.

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Future and Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Development and Evaluation of a Virtual Reality Based Simulator for Musculoskeletal X-ray Examinations
    Data collection and analysis finished, awaiting submission.
    In collaboration with UCL University College and Research and Innovation Unit of Radiology (OUH).
  2. A Non-Inferiority Study: Education in Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma Using Virtual Reality
    Data collection and analysis finished, awaiting submission. In collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark, Odense University Hospital, Research and Innovation Unit of Radiology (OUH).
  3. Virtual Reality Simulation-based Training of Osteosynthesis – Assessment of Surgical Skills and Decision-making
    Ongoing PhD project, ending June 2023.
    In collaboration with the Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education an Simulation (CAMES) and Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Slagelse Hospital.
  4. Using Full Immersion Virtual Reality to Develop and Ensure Competence in Focused Ultrasound for Assessment of Respiratory Patients
    Planned PhD project starting August 2023.
    In collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark, Odense University Hospital, and Odense Respiratory Research Unit (OUH).

Futher Reading

Title: Virtual Reality – The Future of Ultrasound Training, or Just a Gimmick?
Authors: Research and Innovation Unit of Radiology, OUH
Published in: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Subject: Brief status article on challenges related to education and training in organ-focused ultrasound, as well as how virtual reality training can have an impact on this.
Link: https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/a-1652-8021

Title: Virtual Reality Head-Mounted Displays in Medical Education – A Systematic Review
Authors: Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES)
Published in: Simulation in Healthcare – Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Subject: A systematic review of all research articles related to the use of virtual reality in medical education.
Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35136005/

Title: Virtual Reality prepares healthcare professionals for everyday clinical life
Authors:  Research and Innovation Unit of Radiology, OUH, Center for Simulation Training (SimC), OUH
Published in: Member’s magazine Medicoteknik
Subject: A longer status article on the use of virtual reality in the healthcare sector in Denmark. Also highlights project and research challenges.
Link: http://ipaper.ipapercms.dk/TechMedia/Medicoteknik/2022/?page=22