Navigation Links
'Virtual' Patients New Addition to Psychiatry?
Date:8/3/2012

FRIDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A new generation of "virtual" patients could help train psychologists and psychiatrists, according to an expert.

These computer-based figures can mimic the symptoms of patients with mental-health conditions and interact with therapists, said Albert Rizzo, a research scientist at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies.

Rizzo is scheduled to demonstrate the technique Friday at an American Psychological Association convention in Orlando, Fla.

His presentation includes videos of psychiatry residents engaging with two virtual patients called Justin and Justina.

Justin is a 16-year-old with a conduct disorder who is being forced by his family to participate in therapy. Justina is a sexual assault victim with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

One video showed a psychiatry resident taking an initial history from Justina by asking a variety of questions. Justina's responses -- programmed with speech recognition software -- enable the resident to make a preliminary diagnosis.

Rizzo plans to modify the characters for use in a veterans' study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The "virtual" vets might have symptoms of depression or suicidal intent and aid the training of military clinicians, he said.

"As this technology continues to improve, it will have a significant impact on how clinical training is conducted in psychology and medicine," Rizzo said. He hopes eventually to create a comprehensive computer training module that includes a wide selection of virtual patients with numerous diagnoses.

Psychology and psychiatry students initially train by working with other students and supervisors who play the role of patients. This is followed by supervised on-the-job training with real patients.

"What's so useful about this technology is novice clinicians can gain exposure to the presentation of a variety of clinical conditions in a safe and effective environment before interacting with actual patients," Rizzo said. "In addition, virtual patients are more versatile and can be available anytime, anywhere. All you need is a computer."

Data and conclusions presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has more about mental illness.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Psychological Association, news release, Aug. 3, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Insulite Labs announces the launch of the PCOS Inspiration Hour, a one hour virtual gathering place for women with PCOS and other women’s health issues to come together.
2. EliNext Completes Development of a Series of Virtual Reality Interactive 5D Simulation Games on Unity 3D
3. Virtual Colonoscopy Safe, Effective for Medicare Patients: Study
4. Higher-spending hospitals have fewer deaths for emergency patients
5. Researchers uncover a viable way for colorectal cancer patients to overcome drug resistance
6. Vaccine yielded encouraging long-term survival rates in certain patients with NSCLC
7. Study finds doctors have exaggerated fears when starting patients on insulin
8. Diagnostic Scans Tied to Radiation Risk for Gastro Patients
9. Predictors identified for rehospitalization among post-acute stroke patients
10. Pulse pressure elevation could presage cerebrovascular disease in Alzheimers patients
11. Breast cancer patients suffer treatment-related side effects long after completing care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Virtual' Patients New Addition to Psychiatry?
(Date:5/25/2016)... Gables, FL (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 ... ... its Cross Benefit Clearinghouse supporting the real time adjudication of medical service claims ... Care providers using their current medical claims management software. The TransactRx Cross Benefit ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... ... America Walks , a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and ... Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , has been awarded a Walking College ... around the country to participate in a four-month training program designed to strengthen local ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... BeniComp ... a significant spike in their clients' employee participation for their wellness initiatives. ... by implementing a high-deductible health plan with outcome-based deductible incentives. As a result, ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... announced that it will join America's leading engineers at the American Society of ... the Georgia World Congress Center. , Engineers, speakers and exhibitors from more ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... , ... Sterling Global Products is launching a Kickstarter campaign focused on “PAW ... The campaign kick-off video is located via this link https://youtu.be/WsO4qz2odco . The campaign ... to raise $1,000 per day for a total of $25,000. The funds will be ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... Texas , May 25, 2016 ... the issuance to it by the US Patent ... The company,s technology includes proprietary processes for electronic ... for health and wellness programs, HIPAA compliance and ... "Our technology ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 Cirujanos ... para ayudar a los médicos a compartir sus mejores ... a escala mundial. Profesionales médicos de Europa, África, ... han apuntado a la aplicación, que combina la transmisión ... entorno totalmente seguro. Educación   "Imagine ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... LAWRENCE, Mass. , May 24, 2016  NxStage ... medical technology company focused on advancing renal care, today ... Officer, plans to participate in the following schedule of ... will be made available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ . ... Jefferies Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: