Virtual reality (VR) technology has existed for decades, but with recent cost decreases and improved usability, its implementation in health care settings has become a reality. Still, any new technology introduced in a clinical environment must address issues of workflow, privacy, security, and user experience. Recent best practices are now being created to expedite VR’s introduction into various clinical settings, including pain management.
Early studies on VR applications in the health field show it has been remarkably effective as an adjunct to opiates for painful procedures. VR has paved the way to explore other pain management applications, including treatment of patients with chronic pain, and has shown promising results.
Join San Mateo Medical Center’s Michael Aratow, MD, chief medical information officer and emergency physician, and Melissa Fledderjohann, MD, head of the Pain Management Clinic and supervising psychologist, for this online discussion on implementing VR in clinical settings and a deep dive into how VR can be embedded into an interdisciplinary pain management program.
- Learn about general implementation issues of VR in different clinical environments.
- Learn about information resources for VR and possible future technical developments.
- Learn about the clinical evidence and uses of VR in the treatment of chronic pain.
- Learn about the possible action mechanisms of VR on chronic pain perception in the context of neuroplasticity and perception.