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Though many people in the medical field are aware of patients having a low quality of life from ventriculoperitoneal shunts not having updated material and technology, many choose to look at the problem through only one disciplinary perspective. In light of this issue, the sole purpose of this study was to use an interdisciplinary perspective on how outdated ventriculoperitoneal shunts affect quality of life as well as express technology advancement recommendations through this type of analysis. This study involved extensive interdisciplinary work on the causes and symptoms of intracranial pressure, types and advancements of shunt valves, and surgery outcomes and lasting effects. The research in these areas of study identified why ventriculoperitoneal shunts are out of date, as well as the affects on quality of life in a patient from multidisciplinary perspectives. The literature review included previously established biopsychology, physiology, and technology discipline analysis to better understand the issue. This study reviewed these three disciplines and used an interdisciplinary approach to expand and organize their individual perspectives to properly analyze how outdated ventriculoperitoneal shunts affect quality of life. Through interdisciplinary analysis, the information developed in the research of multiple disciplines produced the proposal of adding biopsychology to improve overall treatment plans, and enhance the manufacture of technological advancements for ventriculoperitoneal shunts and, most importantly, create a better quality of life for patient with hydrocephalus.

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South Dakota State University


Medicine and Health Sciences

Outdated Ventriculoperitoneal Shunts and their Effects on Quality of Life: An Interdisciplinary Study



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