E-health in eating disorders: Virtual reality and telemedicine in assessment and treatment

Giuseppe Riva, Monica Bacchetta, Gianluca Cesa, Sara Conti, Enrico Molinari

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Abstract

e-health, the integration of telehealth technologies with the Internet and shared virtual reality could become a significant enabler of consumer health initiatives. In fact, they provide an increasingly accessible communication channel for a growing part of the population. In the past decade medical applications of virtual reality (VR) and telemedicine have been rapidly developing, and the technology has changed from a research curiosity to a commercially and clinically important area of medical informatics technology. The chapter details the characteristics of the Experiential Cognitive Therapy (ECT), an integrated inpatient/outpatient (4 weeks) and telemedicine approach (24 weeks) that tries to enhance the classical cognitive-behavioral method used in the treatment of eating disorders, through VR sessions and telemedicine support in the follow-up stage. Particularly, using VR and telemedicine, ECT is able to address body experience disturbances, interpersonal relationships, self efficacy and motivation to change, key issues for the development and maintenance of eating disorders that are somehow neglected by actual clinical guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages402-408
Number of pages7
Volume85
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event10th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, MMVR 2002 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 23 2002Jan 26 2002

Other

Other10th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, MMVR 2002
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA
Period1/23/021/26/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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