This study will investigate factors surrounding use and application of scientific literature
in patient-provider interactions and will examine facets of the patient-provider interaction
itself as studied in a virtual encounter using virtual reality.
Healthy third- or fourth-year medical students or first-year medical interns in internal
medicine and family practice specialties may be eligible for this study. Participants are
recruited from the Washington, D.C., area.
Study subjects perform two tasks and complete two sets of questions. The first task involves
reading scientific content on a health topic of public interest and explaining the article as
if to a patient. The second task involves interacting with a virtual patient in a virtual
environment clinical scenario. While in the virtual environment, the subject wears a
head-mounted video unit that allows him or her to see elements of the environment. The
activities in the virtual environment take about 15 minutes. The total time for the study is
about 60 minutes.
This study will investigate issues around how physician trainees understand and convey
various types of health-related information to patients and how they interact with patients
of varying health histories. Participants will complete tasks that include reading and
distilling a scientific review of a health-related topic, and participating in a virtual
reality clinic simulation. As part of the study, participants will wear a virtual reality
helmet and be immersed in a clinic where they will interact with a virtual patient.
Participants will also complete questionnaires describing their experiences. For this study,
we are recruiting only medical students in their third or fourth years and first-year medical
interns in internal medicine or family practice specialties.
- INCLUSION CRITERIA:
Healthy adult volunteers who are third or fourth-year medical students or first-year
medical interns in internal medicine and family practice specialties.