Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation for Healthy Aging

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Piero Corti Residence, Montréal, Canada
Healthy Aging+1 More
Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation - Behavioral
All Sexes
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Study Summary

The global population is aging at an unprecedented rate, increasing the necessity for effective interventions targeting the mental health needs of older adults. Virtual reality (VR) is a type of technology with the potential to improve mental health and well-being that allows users, via electronic devices such as headsets or goggles, to interact within simulated environments. VR programs using nature, mindfulness-meditation, and compassion may be more immersive and engaging, with research showing that these programs are effective at improving mental health and well-being outcomes in younger adults. However, evidence in this area for older adults is currently lacking. The present project intends to pilot and examine a multi-user 360-High Definition (HD) video VR application, called "Toujours Dimanche", developed in partnership with Super Sublime, a Montreal-based not-for-profit company. This VR application aims to support older adults through incorporating elements of nature, mindfulness-meditation, and compassion via a 4-week program of twice weekly, 10 to 20-minute meditation sessions, for a total of 8 sessions. Thus, this study seeks to pilot, revise and iteratively evaluate, via randomized control trial (RCT) methodology, the acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of a multi-user 360-HD video VR application (Toujours Dimanche) at improving older adult mental health and well-being. It is hypothesized that engagement with the 4-week VR-Meditation intervention will lead to lower scores on stress and negative affect and improved scores on well-being, positive affect, and mindfulness, in addition to increased scores on coping self-efficacy, connection with nature, embodied mindfulness, and self-compassion, over time and as compared to the active control group (who will receive psycho-educational pamphlets 1x/week for 4 weeks).

Eligible Conditions

  • Mental Health Wellness 1
  • Healthy Aging

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

4 Primary · 4 Secondary · Reporting Duration: At baseline (week 1), mid-point (week 3), post-intervention (week 5) and follow-up (week 9)

Week 5
Change from Time 1 in Scores on the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ)
Week 9
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Connectedness to Nature Scale (CNS)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Embodied Mindfulness Questionnaire (EMQ)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire-Short Form (FFMQ-24)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Flourishing Scale (FS)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE)
Change from Baseline in Scores on the Self-Compassion Questionnaire-Self (CQS)
Post-intervention (week 5)
Researcher Developed Virtual Reality Program Satisfaction Questionnaire

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Psychoeducational Pamphlets
1 of 2
Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

120 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation · No Placebo Group · N/A

Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Virtual Reality (VR) Meditation · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Psychoeducational Pamphlets
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Psychoeducational Pamphlet · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: at baseline (week 1), mid-point (week 3), post-intervention (week 5) and follow-up (week 9)
Closest Location: Piero Corti Residence · Montréal, Canada
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N/AFirst Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Healthy Aging
0 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

McGill UniversityLead Sponsor
348 Previous Clinical Trials
972,625 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Healthy Aging
92 Patients Enrolled for Healthy Aging
Résidences EnharmonieUNKNOWN
Super Sublime | Super SplendideUNKNOWN
Bassam Khoury, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorMcGill University

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 3 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You must reside at a Résidence Enharmonie private residence for autonomous older adults in the Montreal, Quebec region.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.