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2021 Apr 07




The use of virtual reality to reduce stress among night-shift anesthesiologists: study protocol for a crossover trial.


Chen C, Chen L, Shen N, Luo C, Wang R, Fang H, Zhang Q, Hei Z
Trials. 2021 Apr 07; 22(1):257.
PMID: 33827653.


Because of the lack of anesthesia workforce, anesthesiologists are forced to work overtime and more night shifts, which can disturb their biological rhythm and cause severe stress and depression, potentially leading to negative and even devastating outcomes for both themselves and patients. Virtual reality (VR), a new method to reduce stress and pain for patients, has been widely used in biomedical fields. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential effectiveness of VR technology in reducing stress among night-shift anesthesiologists.