Asian Nurs Res.  2021 Dec;15(5):345-352. 10.1016/j.anr.2021.12.002.

Development and Feasibility Test of a Mouth Contactless Breathing Exercise Solution Using Virtual Reality: ARandomized Crossover Trial

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Republic of Korea
  • 2SYINOTECH, Busan, Republic of Korea

Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel mouth contactless breathing exercise solution based on virtual reality (VR), and to test its feasibility.
Methods
We developed the Virtual Reality-based Breathing Exercise System (VR-BRES), a self-regulating biofeedback breathing exercise with gaming characteristics and a soft stretch sensor. The feasibility and efficacy of the VR-BRES prototype were investigated through a randomized crossover trial. Fifty healthy adults participated in the trial, and their respiratory parameters and user evaluation of the VR-BRES were compared with conventional deep breathing (CDB) exercises.
Results
The respiratory parameters, forced vital capacity (Z = 4.82, 4.95, p < .001), forced expiratory volume in one second (t = 6.02, 6.26, p < .001), and peak expiratory flow (t = 5.35, 5.68, p < .001) were significantly higher during breathing exercises using the VR-BRES. User evaluation was also significantly higher for the VR-BRES in terms of efficiency (Z = 3.86, p < .001), entertainingness (Z = 5.00, p < .001), and intention to use (Z = 3.22, p = .001) compared to CDB. However, there was no difference in convenience between the two methods (Z = −0.90, p = .369).
Conclusion
The VR-BRES has the potential to be an efficient breathing exercise solution. We recommend a clinical study that evaluates the effects of the VR-BRES for a certain period of time for people who need breathing exercises.

Keyword

Biofeedback; Breathing exercises; Psychology, Self-control; Virtual reality; Vital capacity
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