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Scientific research

VR can reduce pain and anxiety in children

Child wearing virtual reality (VR) headset in hospital

Exploring Virtual Reality in Pediatrics: Investigating its Impact on Pain and Anxiety – An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Medical procedures frequently bring about discomfort and apprehension among young patients. A relatively novel approach to mitigate pediatric pain and unease involves the use of virtual reality. Virtual reality serves a dual purpose, acting as a means of distraction and exposure to acclimate patients for medical procedures. Ongoing research is swiftly advancing our understanding of virtual reality’s application in healthcare scenarios. This meta-analysis serves as a contemporary extension to Eijlers et al.’s prior study, delving into the efficacy of virtual reality as an intervention tool for alleviating pain and anxiety in young patients undergoing medical procedures.