Immersive technology in ophthalmology education: A systematic review

Lowe, Shakeel, Mares, Kathryn ORCID: and Khadjesari, Zarnie ORCID: (2021) Immersive technology in ophthalmology education: A systematic review. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 7 (6). pp. 600-604. ISSN 2056-6697

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Background: Despite the increasing use of immersive technology (IT) in ophthalmology, the effectiveness of this approach compared to other teaching practices is unclear. This systematic review aimed to determine the value of IT to teach students ophthalmic skills and whether it can supplement or replace conventional teaching practices.  Methods: A systematic search was performed of CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, ERIC and PsychINFO databases. Randomised controlled trials comparing IT interventions versus (1) no training, (2) standard training, (3) different types of IT interventions, (4) different doses of IT interventions were eligible for inclusion.  Results: Seven trials involving 177 participants were included. IT offered some benefit compared to standard training as most trials demonstrated evidence of learning represented by composite performance score and performance time. Repetitive training with IT displayed similar results.  Conclusion: IT appears to improve the ophthalmic skill of healthcare trainees and should be considered as a supplement to training.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education,medical,systematic review,virtual reality,modelling and simulation,education,health informatics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2600/2611
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2021 00:10
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 12:32
DOI: 10.1136/bmjstel-2021-000906

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