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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

Print version ISSN 0104-4230On-line version ISSN 1806-9282

Abstract

KARAMAN, Dilek; EROL, Funda; YıLMAZ, Dilek  and  DIKMEN, Yurdanur. Investigation of the effect of the virtual reality application on experimental pain severity in healthy. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2019, vol.65, n.3, pp.446-451.  Epub Apr 11, 2019. ISSN 0104-4230.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1806-9282.65.3.446.

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to investigate the effect of virtual reality application on experimental ischemic pain created with a blood pressure instrument in healthy volunteers.

METHODS:

The research sample consisted of 172 volunteer adult students who conformed to the inclusion criteria. These individuals were assigned into an experimental (n=86) and a control group (n=86) by a simple randomization method. All individuals in the experimental and control groups wereexperimentally subjected to pain for two minutes by applying 260 mmHg of pressure 3-4 cm above the antecubital region of the left arm with an aneroid adult-type blood pressure instrument. During the procedure, the volunteers in the experimental group watched virtual reality images, while those in the control group received no intervention. Immediately after the procedure, the pain levels of the individuals in both groups were assessed with a Visual Analog Scale (VAS).

RESULTS:

We found that the mean pain score of the individuals in the experimental group was 2.62±1.82, and that of individuals in the control group was 5.75±1.65. Results of the statistical analysis showed a statistically significant difference between the mean pain scores of the individuals in the experimental and control groups (p<0.001).

CONCLUSION:

This study found that the use of virtual reality was effective in reducing the level of pain in healthy individuals. This method used a smartphone with widespread availability and ease of transportation, which can be used by health professionals as a non-pharmacological method in the management of pain.

Keywords : Virtual Reality; Pain; Distraction.

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