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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2015 Feb;29(1):6-13. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2014.09.003. Epub 2014 Sep 10.

Efficacy of the virtual reality-based stress management program on stress-related variables in people with mood disorders: the feasibility study.

Author information

1
Institute of Mental Health, Singapore, Buangkok Green Medical Park, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore. Electronic address: lubna.ishah@gmail.com.
2
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Dearne Building, University Of Hull, UK. Electronic address: samanthatorres613@gmail.com.
3
Assisi Hospice, Singapore. Electronic address: prema_k@assisihospice.org.sg.
4
Advanced Practice Nurses, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore. Electronic address: cecilia_ml_chng@nuhs.edu.sg.
5
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore, Level 2, Clinical Research Centre Block MD11, Singapore. Electronic address: nurhhg@nus.edu.sg.
6
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore, Level 2, Clinical Research Centre Block MD11, Singapore. Electronic address: nurpk@nus.edu.sg.

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the effect of a VR-based stress management program on people with mood disorders. A quasi-experimental study was conducted in a tertiary hospital in Singapore, and a convenience sample of 22 was recruited. The program comprised three daily 1-hour sessions incorporating psychoeducation and VR-based relaxation practice. Participants who completed the program had significantly lowered subjective stress (t=6.91, p<0.001), depression (t=5.62, p<0.001), and anxiety (t=5.54, p<0.001); and increased skin temperature (F=17.71, p<0.001), perceived relaxation (F=26.20, p<0.001) and knowledge (F=13.77, p<0.001). Participants' feedback on the program was positive. Findings from this study contribute to improving clinical practice and serve as preliminary data to conduct more rigorous research in the future.

PMID:
25634868
DOI:
10.1016/j.apnu.2014.09.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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