Print Get Citation Citation Disclaimer: These citations have been automatically generated based on the information we have and it may not be 100% accurate. Please consult the latest official manual style if you have any questions regarding the format accuracy. AMA Citation Hing N, Jackson A. Hing N, & Jackson A Hing, Nicholas Ng Fat, and Ashley Jackson. Virtual reality treatment may be helpful in treating anxiety disorders. 2 Minute Medicine, 18 August 2023. McGraw Hill, 2023. AccessPediatrics. https://accesspediatrics.mhmedical.com/updatesContent.aspx?gbosid=628860§ionid=280655788APA Citation Hing N, Jackson A. Hing N, & Jackson A Hing, Nicholas Ng Fat, and Ashley Jackson. (2023). Virtual reality treatment may be helpful in treating anxiety disorders. (2023). 2 minute medicine. McGraw Hill. https://accesspediatrics.mhmedical.com/updatesContent.aspx?gbosid=628860§ionid=280655788.MLA Citation Hing N, Jackson A. Hing N, & Jackson A Hing, Nicholas Ng Fat, and Ashley Jackson. "Virtual reality treatment may be helpful in treating anxiety disorders." 2 Minute Medicine McGraw Hill, 2023, https://accesspediatrics.mhmedical.com/updatesContent.aspx?gbosid=628860§ionid=280655788. Download citation file: RIS (Zotero) EndNote BibTex Medlars ProCite RefWorks Reference Manager Mendeley © Copyright Annotate Clip Autosuggest Results Virtual reality treatment may be helpful in treating anxiety disorders by Nicholas Ng Fat Hing, Ashley Jackson Listen +Originally published by 2 Minute Medicine® (view original article). Reused on AccessMedicine with permission. +1. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, virtual reality (VR) treatments were associated with lower anxiety symptoms when compared to passive control groups. +2. However, in comparison to active controls, VR treatments were not statistically superior. +Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) +Virtual reality (VR) is a potential treatment option for mental health disorders which may be desirable given the high prevalence of anxiety disorders and the lack of mental health resources. Current meta-analyses on VR applications have not been updated for several years and were limited in the anxiety disorders investigated. As a result, the objective of the present study was to update and review the impact of current VR applications in the treatment of anxiety disorders. +Of 903 identified records, 17 (n=827 participants) studies were included from various databases from April 2011 to April 2021. Studies were included if they were randomized controlled trials and participants had a diagnosed anxiety disorder, received VR as a treatment, and were evaluated using validated self-report measurements and behavioral assessment/avoidance tasks (BAT). Studies were excluded if they were comparing two different VR interventions, if participants did not have a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, or if there was a lack of data from intervention and control groups. The review was performed using PRISMA guidelines. The risk of bias was assessed using the risk of bias assessment tool developed by the Cochrane Collaboration. The primary outcome was the difference in anxiety symptoms between VR treatment and control groups. +The results demonstrated that, compared to passive control groups (e.g., waiting list control groups or psychoeducation), patients who used VR applications had lower anxiety symptoms. However, when compared to active control groups (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or exposure therapy), the benefit of VR treatment did not reach statistical significance. Despite these findings, the study was limited by the heterogeneity of the included studies, which may have affected the results. Nonetheless, the present study provided evidence that VR applications may be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, especially when the gold-standard treatment is unavailable. +Click to read the study in Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry +©2023 2 Minute Medicine, Inc. All rights reserved. No works may be reproduced without expressed written consent from 2 Minute Medicine, Inc. Inquire about licensing here. No article should be construed as medical advice and is not intended as such by the authors or by 2 Minute Medicine, Inc.