Virtual reality for Anxiety Disorders

Recruiting · < 18 · All Sexes · Dallas, TX

This study is evaluating whether virtual reality (VR) can be used to reduce anxiety in pediatric oncology patients undergoing port access.

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About the trial for Anxiety Disorders

Eligible Conditions
Anxiety Disorders · Preoperative Anxiety

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Virtual Reality 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.
Virtual reality
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and younger. There are 4 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
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5-12 years of age
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: 2 years
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: 2 years.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Virtual reality will improve 2 primary outcomes in patients with Anxiety Disorders. Measurement will happen over the course of 2 years.

Number of parents or legally authorized representative (LAR) who subjectively report decreased anxiety with the use of VR
Number of parents or legally authorized representative (LAR) who subjectively report decreased anxiety with the use of VR (Virtual Reality) would be calculated based on Parents' questionnaires scored and evaluated for subjective improvement in parental assessment of preoperative anxiety.
Preoperative anxiety score in pediatric oncology patients
Preoperative anxiety score in pediatric oncology patients as measured by modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale (mYPAS), a validated preoperative/procedural anxiety score. Possible scores range from 23 to 100. Higher score values are correlated with increased preoperative anxiety.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
S. E. R.
Prof. Sarah E Rebstock, Associate Professor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Patient Q & A Section

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

What is the primary cause of anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are often attributed to many factors. Results from a recent clinical trial demonstrates that a combination of several factors is most likely to be responsible.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can anxiety disorders be cured?

There are a variety of different conceptions of the mental illness-cure relationship. These can include that of cure as a psychological term for healing, the cure of the patient as the therapist's goal or that of a medical term for disease remission. Many theorists suggest that no one view of mental illness-cure is the perfect theory of mental illness-cure. It is not clear which view will prevail in the near term with regard to cure and treatment in the future.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is anxiety disorders?

Depression and anxiety are linked to many social and personal issues.\n\nDepression: Depression is characterized by persistent sadness and low mood, and by psychomotor symptoms resulting from decreased energy and diminished interest or pleasure in social, occupational, and recreational activities. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. It is also associated with poor mental health, impaired quality of life and negative outcomes to the individual and to members of the family. Anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder frequently co-occur. Depression, anxiety disorders and somatoform disorders are all chronic conditions that may worsen over time. Those who attempt suicide are twice as likely to do so during the period of time they are disabled with a chronic debilitating medical condition.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes anxiety disorders?

Anxiety is a complex and multi-faceted condition that, like many disorders, has multiple reasons and treatments. The current recommendations to control anxiety is often not sufficient for many patients. Anxiety disorders have several different causes, and are a heterogeneous condition that can be associated with other conditions at a higher rate. Understanding these underlying causes and their treatments, combined with psycho-education can help treat specific symptoms in the most effective manner.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of anxiety disorders?

These signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders in children are most easily recognized and easily assessed by children themselves, family members and school personnel. A child's anxiety symptoms should be evaluated both for diagnosability as well as to establish symptom severity over time.

Anonymous Patient Answer

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

Approximately 44.3 million U.S. adults suffer from one of the anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder, a significant percentage of whom had a previous history of major depressive disorder or some other type of anxiety disorder.\n

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for anxiety disorders?

Common treatments for anxiety disorders include antidepressants, cognitive behavioral therapy, antiobsessional therapy, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and other anti-anxiety or mood-reducing agents. Many people with anxiety disorders benefit from medications but may not be able to tolerate or be willing to take medications constantly for long periods of time. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful for many people with anxiety disorders but is best for treatment of more serious and chronic issues if needed. Finally, many people with anxiety disorders benefit from anti-anxiety and mood-reducing pharmacotherapy, but may not be willing to use these drugs every day for long periods of time.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Is virtual reality safe for people?

Whilst participants had no safety concerns, it is important to recognise the potential for fear or anxiety around new technology and seek support from those around you to manage fears related to technology use. The virtual reality simulator was considered a great use of technology for people with no previous exposure to virtual reality; some participants wished to continue exploring virtual reality while other participants struggled to return to previous levels of enjoyment. summary: Results from a recent paper determined the feasibility of VR simulation use in the clinic with people. Positive reception by users and clinicians was evident.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Does anxiety disorders run in families?

Although [anxiety disorders] are usually inherited, it is more important to consider the complex familial and environmental aspects of the disorder. To do this, we recommend [taking a detailed family history of the disorder] ( and [creating an empirically based risk model for [anxiety disorders] (] to [allow selection of the optimal research design for a gene mapping or linkage study]. In an individual with [anxiety disorders], this study type may increase our understanding of the genetic risk for anxiety and lead to better interventions.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Is virtual reality typically used in combination with any other treatments?

The use of non-randomized research designs is a potential bias. The authors do not know if patient demographics, illness duration, or other variables were statistically significant between the different group results using VR compared with non-VR group. The authors are also unable to rule out other possible influencing factors.

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Who should consider clinical trials for anxiety disorders?

Overall, the majority of participants in the intervention group were willing to participate in another clinical trial. Findings from a recent study from this small sample might not apply to the larger population because they are based on self-reports rather than data from the clinical trial.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the average age someone gets anxiety disorders?

Most studies have only included data for young adults. In a recent study, findings show that the mean age for developing anxiety disorders is significantly higher than that of typical individuals. That is, persons with anxiety disorders tend to get anxiety disorders later in life.

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