Anxiety and stress are very common symptoms of patients facing a forthcoming surgery. However, limited time and resources within healthcare systems make the provision of stress relief interventions difficult to provide. Research has shown that provision of preoperative stress relief and educational resources can improve health outcomes and speed recovery. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be a valuable tool in providing stress relief and educational support to patients and family before but also after an operation, enabling better self-management and self-empowerment. To this direction, this paper reports on the design of a novel technical infrastructure for a resilience support tool for improving the health condition of patients, during the care path, using Virtual Reality (VR). The designed platform targets, among others, at improving the knowledge on the patient data, effectiveness and adherence to treatment, as well as providing for effective communication channels between patients and clinicians.
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