“3D computer graphics and diabetes disease understanding” by Fyfe

  • ©Emma M. Fyfe

  • ©Emma M. Fyfe




    3D computer graphics and diabetes disease understanding



    It has become increasingly apparent that the quality of communication between physician and patient has risen in importance and effective communication can result in improved patient health outcomes [Stewart 1995; Greenfield et al. 1985]. Collaboration between the School of Media Arts and Imaging, University of Dundee and Ninewells Medical School and Hospital, Dundee has identified that 3D visualisation methods and techniques can allow patients a greater understanding of disease process and associated health implications. In the area of Diabetes, there is a lack of alternatives to basic, written leaflets and the demand for more engaging forms of information communication that address issues of readability, accessibility and consideration of patient needs, [Boulos 2005; Coulter 1998; Estey et al. 1991] is high.


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    6. Stewart, M. 1995. Effective Physician-Patient Communication and Health Outcomes: A Review, Canadian Medical Association Journal 152, 1423–1433.

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