CLINICAL TRIAL

VR-ECT 360o Video for Anxiety Disorders

Recruiting · 18+ · All Sexes · Toronto, Canada

This study is evaluating whether a virtual reality session can help reduce anxiety before ECT treatment.

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About the trial for Anxiety Disorders

Eligible Conditions
Education · Cognition · Depression · Anxiety · Electroconvulsive Therapy · ECT · Mental Health · Anxiety Disorders · Virtual Reality · Hemodynamics

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. VR-ECT 360o Video is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
VR-ECT 360o Video
OTHER
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.

Eligibility

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 7 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
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ECT is recommended for people with severe mental illness who are either outpatients or inpatients. show original
ECT may not be administered to a patient within 2-4 days of a previous ECT procedure or if no ECT was administered within the past year. show original
Age ≥18
The person has not had ECT in the last year. show original
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: Measurement completed immediately after ECT education on the day of procedure.
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: Measurement completed immediately after ECT education on the day of procedure.
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: Measurement completed immediately after ECT education on the day of procedure..
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether VR-ECT 360o Video will improve 4 primary outcomes and 3 secondary outcomes in patients with Anxiety Disorders. Measurement will happen over the course of Measurement completed immediately after ECT education on the day of procedure..

Ease of Use of VR Technology
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED IMMEDIATELY AFTER ECT EDUCATION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE.
Ease of use of VR technology will be assessed using the system usability, scale (SUS), only in VR arm.
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED IMMEDIATELY AFTER ECT EDUCATION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE.
Mean arterial blood pressure
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED PRIOR TO ECT SESSION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE.
Mean arterial blood pressure will be measured in mmHg.
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED PRIOR TO ECT SESSION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE.
Depression
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) BEFORE INTERVENTION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE 2) PRIOR TO ECT ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE
Depression will be assessed.
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) BEFORE INTERVENTION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE 2) PRIOR TO ECT ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE
Cognitive Performance
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) BEFORE INTERVENTION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE 2) PRIOR TO ECT ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE
Cognitive performance will be assessed using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA).
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) BEFORE INTERVENTION ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE 2) PRIOR TO ECT ON THE DAY OF PROCEDURE
Change in ECT Knowledge
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) IMMEDIATELY BEFORE ECT EDUCATION 2) IMMEDIATELY AFTER ECT EDUCATION 3) IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO ECT
Change in ECT knowledge will be assessed using the ECT Attitude & Knowledge Questionnaire.
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) IMMEDIATELY BEFORE ECT EDUCATION 2) IMMEDIATELY AFTER ECT EDUCATION 3) IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO ECT
Change in Pre-operative Anxiety
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) UP TO 2-3 DAYS BEFORE ECT EDUCATION 2) RIGHT AFTER ECT EDUCATION 3) PRIOR TO ECT (DAY OF PROCEUDRE)
Change in pre-operative anxiety will be assessed using the Visual Anxiety Scale (VAS, Not at all anxious to extremely anxious).
MEASUREMENT COMPLETED 1) UP TO 2-3 DAYS BEFORE ECT EDUCATION 2) RIGHT AFTER ECT EDUCATION 3) PRIOR TO ECT (DAY OF PROCEUDRE)
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Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Does vr-ect 360o video improve quality of life for those with anxiety disorders?

The majority of patients found the footage helpful and would recommend it to others with medical and psychological concerns. It is easy to upload and download, yet requires some expertise in the acquisition and management of high-resolution images.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can anxiety disorders be cured?

Anxiety disorders cannot be cured. Though the majority of patients can be helped, not all will benefit, because only a subgroup can be benefited by the psychotherapies.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for anxiety disorders?

The treatment of anxiety disorders has changed little over the past 2 decades. The effectiveness of specific therapies may vary between conditions, and other differences in use and effectiveness in the past 25 to 30 years may be attributable to improvements in knowledge and technology.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are influenced by genes and environment and they may partly lie outside conscious control. There is a need for more comprehensive studies of anxiety disorder genetics and their interaction with the environment. Depression, anxiety and phobias appear to be partly genetic disorders and it is recommended that they be included in genetic screening studies.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get anxiety disorders a year in the United States?

Nearly 6 million people in the United States are affected. Among those with a history of anxiety disorders, nearly 1 million will be affected by one or more new anxiety disorders, most of which represent recurrence of earlier disorders. The most prevalent current disorders include generalized anxiety disorder and a subtype of social anxiety disorder. Treatment of these disorders has profound effects on patient quality of life.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is anxiety disorders?

Anxiety is marked by worrying about the future or losing the fear of what you're afraid of. Rates of anxiety and panic are higher, in both men and women, in the elderly, and they tend to occur more often with chronic, rather than acute illnesses. Anxiety can lead to panic attacks, which are potentially life-threatening. Anxiety symptoms often interfere with sleep and often cause difficulty concentrating. Anxiety can also make health problems more difficult to manage and is a very common, yet inadequately treated, chronic health problem.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of anxiety disorders?

Certain signs for certain disorders are: avoidance of specific stimuli, worry that is disproportionate to the severity of the individual anxiety, and anxiety that has become uncontrollable.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the common side effects of vr-ect 360o video?

The most common side effects included fatigue and soreness of the eyes. These side effects are more likely to be experienced at the end of the video than at the start.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What does vr-ect 360o video usually treat?

There is a large degree of variability in the treatment plans of the participants in this study. In addition, the most often reported symptom for which the participants had sought medication treatment was the same symptom they reported would be most helpful: generalized muscle spasm (spasticity). However, some other symptoms also seemed to be helpful. Findings from a recent study showed that there was a large degree of variability in the treatment plans when the participants responded to an online survey. The treatment plans of some participants for generalized muscular spasm were similar to the treatment plans of some participants for back pain. In other cases, the treatment plans were more similar to treatment plans for migraine than to treatment plans for back pain.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Does anxiety disorders run in families?

Results from a recent clinical trial support many previous findings of heritability of anxiety disorders and a genetic linkage is suggested in some cases. Heritability in our sample was similar for major and borderline disorders.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Have there been any new discoveries for treating anxiety disorders?

There have been some recent progress in treatments for general anxiety disorder, which is also referred to as anxiety. Anxiety, in itself refers to a symptom and not a diagnosis. The general anxiety disorder is diagnosed as a psychiatric diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the primary cause of anxiety disorders?

There are many causes for anxiety disorders, including a biological basis, a genetic basis, and environmental influences. While biological factors influence the expression of anxiety disorders, they do not explain all cases. Anxiety is most likely to occur because one’s thoughts and behaviors provoke and maintain anxiety.

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