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Card 19: VR for Pain Management

Virtual Reality has been used to manage pain and distress associated with a variety of medical procedures. In clinical settings and experimental studies, participants immersed in VR experienced reduced levels of pain and increased satisfaction.


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Selected Articles/Websites of Interest

American Society of Anesthesiologists. “Studies show potential of virtual reality to reduce children’s anxiety, pain.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 October 2018.

Scapin S, Echevarría-Guanilo ME, Boeira Fuculo Junior PR, Gonçalves N, Rocha PK, Coimbra R. “Virtual Reality in the treatment of burn patients: A systematic review.” Burns. 2018 Sep;44(6):1403-1416.

Mosso Vázquez JL, Mosso Lara D, Mosso Lara JL, Miller I, Wiederhold MD, Wiederhold BK. “Pain Distraction During Ambulatory Surgery: Virtual Reality and Mobile Devices.” Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2019 Jan;22(1):15-21.

Researchers Find 40% Success Rate in VR Pain Treatment

Keywords/Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

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Virtual Reality [MeSH]
Pain Management [MeSH]
User-Computer Interface [MeSH]
Chronic Pain [MeSH]
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy [MeSH]

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Card 19: VR for Pain Management