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Virtual reality used to distract eczematous children from distressing symptoms: A pilot evaluation.

Singleton, H., Holley, D., Arden-Close, E., Yang, X., Cui, Y. and Ersser, S.J., 2022. Virtual reality used to distract eczematous children from distressing symptoms: A pilot evaluation. Dermatological Nursing, 21 (1), 39-44.

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Abstract Background: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a debilitating disease with high disease burden. Virtual reality (VR) could be used as a more sophisticated and immersive version of guided imagery to manage AD. Aims: To co-create and evaluate prototypes for immersive and non-immersive VR software designed to distract eczematous children from their pruritis. Methods: Through an online survey and online semi-structured interviews, children co-designed VR games and a 360 video with software developers, which they evaluated by completing the Children’s Dermatology Life Quality Index cartoon questionnaire (n=4) and a usability questionnaire (n=10). Results: Children accessed the VR software using a fully immersive Oculus Quest² headset. All children felt their skin was less affected both during and after playing the VR Chillout games, relative to pre-play. Nearly all (n=9) reported that the games were very or quite easy to use. Conclusions: VR software has potential to improve pruritis and quality of life in eczematous children. Technical challenges to resolve include ‘fittings’ of VR equipment to small faces. Subsequent work will extend these findings with a more diverse range of families to support children with eczema.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Atopic Dermatitis;Virtual Reality;360 Video;Distraction techniques;Children's Nursing
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:37524
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:06 Oct 2022 16:23
Last Modified:06 Oct 2022 16:23


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