Title

Perceptions of selected Filipino physical therapists on virtual reality as a therapeutic technique in stroke rehabilitation : a descriptive study

Date of Completion

7-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Stroke Rehabilitation, Virtual Reality, Physical Therapists

Abstract

A descriptive quantitative research design was conducted in six different hospital in Manila and Cavite namely: De La Salle-University Medical Center, Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center, Our Lady of Pillar Medical Center and University of Santo Tomas Hospital. Using purposive sampling, the study comprised 43 selected registered Filipino physical therapists screened using the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The researchers asked permission from the medical director to conduct the study. Upon approval, the respondents answered a survey questionnaire adapted from Schwartzman et al. (2012) that was validated by three licensed physical therapists of DLSHSI College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Six-point Likert scale ranging from 1-"not at all" to 6 "extremely" was used to rate how helpful virtual reality is for stroke rehabilitation and an arbitrary scale with the mean of the answers of respondents to interpret and determine the perception of respondents. Data was analyzed through frequency distribution, percentage and mean. Perception towards clinical uses of virtual reality showed that it has the capability to assist up to a moderate extent while for usefulness; it shows that therapists believe it can only be helpful to a limited extent. The study concluded that the perceptions of the selected Filipino Physical Therapist on virtual reality as a therapeutic technique in stroke rehabilitation is quite helpful or interpreted as helpful to a moderate extent as a therapeutic technique in stroke rehabilitation.

First Advisor

Aranella Villaluz

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