Zora: A Pilot Virtual Community in the Pediatric Dialysis Unit

@article{Bers2001ZoraAP,
  title={Zora: A Pilot Virtual Community in the Pediatric Dialysis Unit},
  author={Marina Umaschi Bers and Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich and Darcy Raches and David Ray DeMaso},
  journal={Studies in health technology and informatics},
  year={2001},
  volume={84 Pt 1},
  pages={800-4}
}
We describe a five-month pilot project conducted in the dialysis unit at Boston's Children's Hospital. Pediatric patients with renal disease used the Zora therapeutic community program while undergoing hemodialysis. Zora is a 3D multi-user computer environment designed at the MIT Media Laboratory to help young people explore issues of identity, while engaging in a virtual community. Users build "virtual rooms" and populate them with objects and characters, program them with storytelling… CONTINUE READING
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