A review article on the use of RV in treatment of mental illness. Even if numbers are from the UK, it highlights all benefices for patients and therapists. There is currently a clinical trial taking place across NHS trusts throughout the UK, the largest of its kind, led by the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which sees participants with severe mental health disorders challenge their fears through VR therapy. Under the…"VR in Therapy: VR’s Positive Impact on Mental Health – VRFocus"
In this article, we discover several examples of “digital therapeutics”. Even if this new kind of drugs is not so new, first were used 10 years ago, we have seen a lot of new solutions in the previous 2 or 3 years. More and more clinical trials are ongoing and most of the biggest pharmaceuticals industries work on it. Authors describe the history of this domain and explain in particular links with more classical drugs…"The emerging world of digital therapeutics"
This study was made on a sample of adult patients with painful wounds from deep or partial burns. Authors used an VR world called SnowWorld (developed at the University of Washington HITLab) to reduce pain perception. They showed that 39% less opioids were administered when IVR therapy used compared with wound procedures when IVR was not used. IVR during painful wound care procedures significantly reduced the amount of opioid medication administered during the procedure compared…"Randomized, Crossover Study of Immersive Virtual Reality to Decrease Opioid Use During Painful Wound Care Procedures in Adults"
The first “cyberdelic incubator” is now open in Merbourne with the support of Australian Psychedelic Society. In this place, artists and scientists use VR to explore new states of consciousness. VR exposure therapy is even starting to be used to treat trauma, such as in the case of those who have experienced car accidents and who will be intentionally triggered – in a controlled environment – by a scene such as driving down a similar-looking…"Acid test: how psychedelic virtual reality can help end society’s mass bad trip"
In this short article, you can discover the use of VR for pain control at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. This experiment shows that VR help to reduce pain and anxiety for children, and reduce the need of opioids. It’s interesting to see that hardware for this action are relatively cheap. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in New York, for instance, has recently run a pilot that equips patients with Samsung Gear Oculus VR headsets that feature…"VR Offers Patients a Virtual Distraction from Pain"