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What is Patient-Physician Communication

Cases on Virtual Reality Modeling in Healthcare
Communication between doctors and patients is an essential element of patient-physician relationships. Efficient and effective communication facilitates accurate diagnosis, provides precise treatment instructions, and establishes trust with patients.
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Virtual Reality in Patient-Physician Relationships
Haoyu Liu (City University of Macau, China), Bowen Dong (City University of Macau, China), and Pi-Ying Yen (Macau University of Science and Technology, China)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8790-4.ch004
Abstract
The chapter examines the applications of virtual reality (VR) in patient-physician relationships. Specifically, this chapter focuses on three-dimensional medical imaging that facilitates explanation purposes. Though the literature on VR in medicine exists, the discussion of applying VR in patient-physician relationships, an immensely important topic of medicine, is sparse. The authors present a case of VR application in orthopedics to demonstrate how this technology promotes patient-physician relationships and, as a result, affects the medical industry. The opportunities and challenges of applying VR to medicine are also discussed. This chapter contributes to better incorporating VR into treatment and understanding the impact of emerging technologies on medicine.
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