Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Alleviating Pain with Virtual Reality

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Alleviating Pain with Virtual Reality

Article excerpt

Many medical procedures, primarily following physical trauma injuries, are considered extremely painful. Traditionally, strong analgesics are employed to alleviate acute pain. These medications have many negative side effects and may be addictive. Therefore, it is important to develop psychological methods to reduce pain. Virtual Reality (VR) can be used as a strong distraction. Performing a VR task requires conscious attention, reducing attention available to process pain. "Snow World" is the first virtual environment specifically designed to reduce pain during medical procedures. The utility of VR analgesia is dependent on the degree of Presence the subject experiences in the VR environment (VRE) - the feeling or experience of "being" in the VRE. Many variables influence presence. The variables which were examined in the present study, were significant variables in previous pain, and presence and VR research: Empathy, Locus of Control, Trait Anxiety and Pain Expectations. Specifically we examined the following:

1. The impact of these variables on Presence;

2. The influence of these variables on the effectiveness of VR as an experimental pain analgesic;

3. …

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