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Pain Manag. 2018 May;8(3):175-179. doi: 10.2217/pmt-2017-0040. Epub 2018 May 3.

Effect of virtual reality headset for pediatric fear and pain distraction during immunization.

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1
Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, USA.
2
Charles E Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, USA.

Abstract

AIM:

Fear of needles is a well-known phobia among children and adults. This study presents the rationale, feasibility and results of a pilot study applying a virtual reality (VR) headset as a fear reduction and pain distraction during immunizations.

PATIENTS & METHODS:

17 subjects and 17 parents rated their fear and pain level pre- and postimmunization using Wong-Baker pain scale and McMurtry children's fear scale. Immunization was provided, while subject was wearing a VR headset.

RESULTS:

Ratings of anticipated versus actual fear and pain due to immunizations improved following use of the VR headset in 94.1% of pediatric subjects.

CONCLUSION:

The use of a VR headset was well received and reduced overall fear and pain in children receiving immunizations.

KEYWORDS:

distraction; fear; immunization; pain; pediatric; procedure; psychology; virtual reality

PMID:
29722606
DOI:
10.2217/pmt-2017-0040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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