Virtual Cities as Content Environments in a Family Health Postgraduate Program

  • Alessandra Dahmer Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre
  • Rodrigo Alves Tubelo Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Luciana Boose Pinheiro Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Marcia Rosa da Costa Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Maria Eugênia Bresolin Pinto Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Keywords: virtual reality, eHealth, Primary Health Care,

Abstract

Background and Aim: The aim of this study is to describe the creation of virtual cities targeted at the education of Primary Health Care (PHC) health professionals and to identify how many of these professionals were committed to the courses in which virtual cities were used as a teaching method. Materials and Methods: The creation process followed these steps: Designing Cities Workshop, Creating Clinical Cases, Describing the Health System, Describing Socio-demographic Factors and Culture, and 3D Modelling. Results: Thus far, the use of this method resulted in the creation of three fictional cities in the South, North, and Northeast Regions of Brazil. Of the 1,015 students who took the course, 624 (61.5%) have graduated. Conclusions: The virtual cities designed for this purpose are applicable to the education of PHC health professionals.

Author Biographies

Alessandra Dahmer, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre
Department of Applied Social and Hard Sciences, Professor.
Rodrigo Alves Tubelo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Dental Materials Laboratory, Dentistry School, PhD Student.
Luciana Boose Pinheiro, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Departament of Education and Humanities, Professor.
Marcia Rosa da Costa, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Departament of Education and Humanities, Professor.
Maria Eugênia Bresolin Pinto, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Department of Public Health, Professor.

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Published
2016-01-31
How to Cite
Dahmer, A., Tubelo, R., Pinheiro, L., da Costa, M., & Pinto, M. E. (2016). Virtual Cities as Content Environments in a Family Health Postgraduate Program. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 4, e7 (1-6). Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/148
Section
Special Theme: Telehealth in Brazil