By Ana on Apr 23, 2018 4:16:40 PM
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Are you afraid of losing patients? Do you want to increase your treatment adherence and motivation?
Virtual Reality (VR) is a tool that has improved a tremendous amount in the past years. It´s uses are vast and the possibilities to use it in Mental Health are endless. With Virtual
Phobias (fear of animals, heights, flying, darkness) and social situations (public speaking, social anxiety, interviews) are typically treated with Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). The problem with CBT is that patients are exposed to confront that generates their phobia or anxiety, while preventing the use of
The solution is Virtual Reality, a technology that overcomes the CBT drawbacks while using an immersive, safe and controlled environment.
Virtual Reality: Same efficacy of treatment with fewer
According to the study carried out by Penate-Castro et al. (2014) the efficacy of CBT with VR exposure is similar to the one with CBT alone. The study, performed in patients with agoraphobia, showed that all therapies were statistically effective both at post-treatment and six-month follow-up.
And the most interesting part of all is that the results showed that the CBT group had the highest dropout rates. Specifically, sixteen out of thirty patients dropped out (53,33%) in the CBT treatment while only seven of thirty patients (23,33%) dropped out the CBT with VR exposure treatment.
Therefore, Virtual Reality treatments show better adherence rates. As pointed
The effectiveness, practicality, adherence, motivation and cost of Virtual Reality makes this mental health treatment the most promising and interesting.
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Gonzalez-Lorenzo, M., Peñate, W., Pitti, C. T., Bethencourt, J., de la Fuente, J., & Gracia, R. (2011). Efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy combined with two pharmacotherapies in the treatment of agoraphobia. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 11, 189-203.
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