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Australian study uses virtual reality (VR) in pediatric setting to reduce anxiety associated with needle pain

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May 2, 2019
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by Nardev Ramanathan
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Needles can be a source of anxiety, especially to the young. This study found that children using VR reported less pain than those receiving the standard of care (SOC). However, the VR visuals here were more of a distraction than a long-term fix. Also, the VR visuals were of an aquatic environment, which might have a calming effect on some children but not all. The authors didn't elaborate on why an aquatic environment was chosen (instead of, say, mountains or flowers) or what its link was to alleviating needle-associated anxiety in children. Clients should be wary of data that does not demonstrate a strong causal relationship. Academics and clinicians are often under pressure to publish, resulting in tenuous links like this being made.

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