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Human Studies

2022 Jul 13

JMIR Form Res



Active Virtual Reality for Chronic Primary Pain: Mixed Methods Randomized Pilot Study.


Tuck N, Pollard C, Good C, Williams C, Lewis G, Hames M, Aamir T, Bean D
JMIR Form Res. 2022 Jul 13; 6(7):e38366.
PMID: 35830224.


The modern management of chronic pain is largely focused on improving functional capacity (often despite ongoing pain) by using graded activation and exposure paradigms. However, many people with chronic pain find functional activation programs aversive, and dropout rates are high. Modern technologies such as virtual reality (VR) could provide a more enjoyable and less threatening way for people with chronic pain to engage in physical activity. Although VR has been successfully used for pain relief in acute and chronic pain settings, as well as to facilitate rehabilitation in conditions such as stroke and cerebral palsy, it is not known whether VR can also be used to improve functional outcomes in people with chronic pain.