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Perceptions of using videogames in rehabilitation: a dual perspective of people with multiple sclerosis and physiotherapists
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Family Medicine Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6768-5740
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Centre for Health Care Sciences, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9760-3785
Department of Health and Medical Services, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 37, no 4, p. 338-344Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Our aim was to describe experiences of using Nintendo Wii Fit™ for balance exercise, from the perspectives of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their physiotherapists (PT).

Methods: Individual interviews with 15 patients with MS were conducted, recruited from a multi-centre study investigating the effects of balance exercising using Wii Fit. We also conducted a single focus group interview with nine PT involved in the study. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analysed using content analysis.

Results: Both patients and PT said that exercising with Wii Fit games was fun, and that it challenged the patients’ physical and cognitive capacities. The competitive content in the games provided motivation to continue playing. Patients and PT reported improved body control and, more importantly, positive effects on balance and walking in daily life. The PT regarded Wii training as an effective alternative to other balance training, but some felt unsure in how to manage the video game. The patients regarded Wii training as a possible home training solution.

Conclusions: Patients with MS and their PT considered Wii Fit exercises to be fun, challenging, and self-motivating. Exercising with Wii games can address balance impairments in MS, and can be performed at home as well as in rehabilitation settings.Implications for Rehabilitation

  • Nintendo Wii Fit™ can be used as a fun and challenging way to perform balance exercises.

  • The competitive content embedded in the games triggers continued playing and exercising.

  • The positive effect on balance control can improve standing and walking in everyday activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare, 2014. Vol. 37, no 4, p. 338-344
Keywords [en]
Multiple sclerosis, physiotherapists, postural balance, qualitative research, videogames
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Health Sciences
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Health and Medical Care Research; Rehabilitation Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35841DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.918196ISI: 000349012800009PubMedID: 24833535Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922249059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35841DiVA, id: diva2:735903
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Funding Agencies:

Uppsala-Örebro Regional Research Council

Research Committee of Örebro County Council

Available from: 2014-08-04 Created: 2014-08-04 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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