Dysphagia Virtual Patients

Dysphagia Virtual Patients

  • A link to the video
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbsS_hVLGM&feature=youtu.be
  • A sample image
  • VERG members who are working on this (or have worked)
    • Stevie Carnell, Heng Yao, Shivashankar Halan (alumnus)
  • Goals
    • The goal of the dysphagia patients is to provide speech-language pathology students opportunities to interview patients suffering from dysphagia with a variety of diagnoses and cultural backgrounds. VERG has also explored providing students with the technology to create their own dysphagia VPs to increase empathy.
  • Collaborators
    • Dr. Anna Miles (University of Auckland)
    • Dr. Michael Crary (University of Central Florida)
    • Dr. Ali Barikroo (Kent State University)
  • Our role as virtual agent researchers
    • VERG develops and maintains Virtual People Factory 2.0 (VPF2), the web platform that allows students to create and interview virtual patients.
  • Target Audience
    • Speech-language pathology students
    • Any healthcare student who would care for a dysphagia patient.
  •  Our approach
    • VERG currently maintains a set of 6 dysphagia VPs ready for use in healthcare courses. We work with interested course instructors to provide their students with access to these VPs and often use these students as participants in our studies. 
  • Description of User Testing/ Evaluation, if any
    • The VPs in this project were initially created in 2011 as part of a Dysphagia Management course here at the University of Florida. Since then, they have been used continually by over 150 students in three countries.
  • Results
    • Creating a virtual patient can help healthcare students improve their clinical interview and interpersonal skills.
  • Publications
    • Conference Papers
      • Halan, S., Sia, I., Miles, A., Crary, M., and Lok, B. (2018) Engineering Social Agent Creation into an Opportunity for INterviewing and Interpersonal Skills Training. International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems 2018, Stockholm, Sweden. 1675-1684.
      • Halan, S., Sia, I., Crary, M., & Lok, B. (2015, August). Exploring the Effects of Healthcare Students Creating Virtual Patients for Empathy Training. (short paper) In Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 239-249). Springer International Publishing.
      • Halan, S., Lok, B., Sia, I., & Crary, M. (2014, July). Virtual Agent Constructionism: Experiences from Health Professions Students Creating Virtual Conversational Agent Representations of Patients. In Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2014 IEEE 14th International Conference on(pp. 249-253). IEEE.
    • Journal Publications
      •  Miles, A., Hayden, S., Halan, S., Carnell, S., & Lok, B. (n.d.). What do speech pathology students gain from virtual patient interviewing? A WHO ICF analysis. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. Under review.
    • Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations
      • Ward EC, Rumbach A., Hill AE, Nund, R, Goodman S., Carnell S., Halan S, Lok, B (2017). Using different Simulation Learning Activities for Clinical Skill Development in Dysphagia: What works? Oral Presentation, American Speech and Hearing Association, Los Angeles, USA, November 9-11.
      • Sia I, Halan S, Lok B, Crary MA, Improving Clinical Dysphagia Interviewing Skills by Virtual Patient Creation. Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting (2014).
      • Halan, S., Rossen, B., Crary, M., and Lok, B. 2012. Constructionism of virtual humans to improve perceptions of conversational partners. In CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2387-2392.
    •  Doctoral Dissertations
      • Halan, S. (2016). Virtual Human Constructionism: Engineering Virtual Creation into an Opportunity for Interviewing and Interpersonal Skills Training (Doctoral Dissertation, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA).