Virtual Reality system for theoretical and practical training in dialysis modalities for patients, families, and medical staff

  • Charissis, Vassilis (CoI)
  • Khan, Mohammed Soheeb (CoI)
  • Reynolds, Ben (PI)

Project Details


Both peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis require a significant face to face hands-on practical training element for new renal nursing staff, and families/patients intending to undertake home-based therapies. In paediatric nephrology where patient numbers are very small, training opportunities for staff may be very limited. For patients, training often requires an in-patient stay or multiple hospital attendances. Training on complications is often theoretical and frequently highlighted as an anxiety by newer staff and parents. An intervention that would allow a proportion of training to occur in Virtual Reality could shorten patient admissions, increase confidence before performing dialysis and allow simulated training of potential complications and troubleshooting- something that is currently very limited and not accessible to family members. We propose the development of a VR-based model encompassing both peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis that could be used to emulate real-world situations including basic set-up and performance of a dialysis session, troubleshooting of common problems, and possibly simulation of clinical situations for staff. The initial proposal is for a pilot to assess feasibility and acceptability to patients and staff, incorporating a single machine (either HD or PD, dependent on further technical aspects) with the intention to seek further funding to allow the development of wider scenarios. Outcome measures would include the duration of in-patient admissions for training purposes, uptake by ward staff in training and impact on competency achievements, and patient/family/staff reported measures of confidence in troubleshooting and management of complications.
Short titleVR Dialysis Training App
Effective start/end date1/07/2128/02/23


  • Kidney Research UK: £49,910.50

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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