Immersive Multimedia as an Adjunctive Measure for Pain Control in Cancer Survivors
This study seeks to explore the efficacy of virtual reality (VR) experiences as a practical
adjunctive therapeutic intervention in the self-management of the chronic pain associated
with cancer survival. A comparative controlled interventional trial and qualitative
interpretative-descriptive exploration will be undertaken with 100 Cancer survivors who are
experiencing chronic pain. Participants will be randomly assigned to either a virtual
reality (VR) therapy group or an immersive multimedia control group (50 subjects in each).
They will undertake either a series of virtual reality interventions, or 2D multimedia
control sessions in their own homes over a period of a month. The intervention will be used
daily for a month to enable customization to the therapy and record data over a long enough
period of time to account for any individual short-term changes in pain.
The VR sessions will consist of using a VR head mounted display (HMD) and computer to
explore interactive immersive environments. The control group will be exposed to similar 2D
computer based multimedia experiences (without a VR headset) that on home computers. Pre
during, and post pain test scores and quality of sleep assessments will be recorded using
At the end of the study, ten of the subjects who demonstrated the most improvement in their
pain using the VR expereince will be selected and invited to explore for any measurable
changes in neurological activity using pre and post exposure MRI studies.
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