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Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2019 Sep;114:105568. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2019.105568. Epub 2019 Jul 12.

Virtual Reality interventions for acute and chronic pain management.

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1
Design Lab, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Australia. Electronic address: naseem.ahmadpour@sydney.edu.au.
2
Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Australia.
3
School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Australia.
4
Pain Management Research Institute and Kolling Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Australia.

Abstract

Virtual Reality (VR) is now consumer ready and nearing ubiquity. In terms of clinical applications, several studies suggest that VR can be effective as a complementary adjunct or alternative non-pharmacologic analgesic in a range of pain-inducing procedures and in management of chronic pain. The increasing affordability and quality of portable VR headsets and the ongoing utility of pain therapy signals an exciting future for the use of VR for analgesia. However, further research is needed to establish its long-term benefits if VR is to be adopted into mainstream protocols for analgesia management. This research requires a range of study designs with collection of patient self-report and clinical data together to develop bespoke interventions for different cohorts.

KEYWORDS:

Analgesia; Pain; Virtual Reality

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