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Virtual reality

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a modern computerised real-time technology using graphics, sounds and other sensory input, which creates an interactive computer-mediated world. Virtual reality applications have been primarily used for the assessment and treatment of anxieties and phobias. More recently they have been used to examine the perception of emotion and the emotional responses of people with schizophrenia during simulated social encounters, with the aim of improving social skills, cognitive functioning, and treatment adherence.

What is the evidence for virtual reality?

Low quality evidence is unable to determine the benefits of virtual reality training for people with schizophrenia. Review authors report that there is no clear, good quality evidence for or against using virtual reality for treatment adherence and if virtual reality is used, the experimental nature of the intervention should be clearly explained.

 

June 2016

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