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Human Studies

2021 Jan 19

JMIR Res Protoc



Self-Administered Behavioral Skills-Based At-Home Virtual Reality Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.


Garcia L, Darnall B, Krishnamurthy P, Mackey I, Sackman J, Louis R, Maddox T, Birckhead B
JMIR Res Protoc. 2021 Jan 19; 10(1):e25291.
PMID: 33464215.


Chronic pain is one of the most common and debilitating health conditions. Treatments for chronic low back pain typically focus on biomedical treatment approaches. While psychosocial treatments exist, multiple barriers prevent broad access. There is a significant unmet need for integrative, easily accessible, non-opioid solutions for chronic pain. Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive technology allowing innovation in the delivery of behavioral pain treatments. Behavioral skills-based VR is effective at facilitating pain management and reducing pain-related concerns. Continued research on these emerging approaches is needed.