New York, New York 10065

  • Anxiety


The investigators propose to study the effects of virtual reality (VR) on patients' pain perception during burn wound care. Such variables include psychiatric diagnosis and standard pain coping (i.e. pain catastophizer vs. non-pain catastrophizer).Aims: The investigators intend to evaluate the use of virtual reality in pain distraction for burn patients undergoing burn wound care. To that end our aims are: 1) To determine if pain perception will be less during the portion of the procedure in which the patient is immersed in the VR session in comparison to the portion of wound care which will occur without VR immersion. 2) To determine if anticipatory anxiety will be less for the portion of wound care that includes the virtual reality in comparison to the portion without virtual reality. 3) To determine if current psychiatric diagnosis, especially acute stress disorder and depression, is related to higher pain perception and greater decrease in pain with the virtual reality distraction. 4) To determine if being a "pain catastrophizer" is related to higher pain perception and greater benefits from the


Inclusion Criteria: - Age 12-100years - Minimum burn wound size of 2% total body surface area (TBSA) excluding head and dominant hand - Be able to sit upright independently in bed - Minimum pain rating of 4/10 on a Visual Analog Scale (only using the most painful extremity). - Able to consent to the study Exclusion Criteria: - Known history of motion sickness - Seizures - Migraines - Current psychosis, dementia, or delirium - Current blindness and/or deafness that significantly affects their ability to experience the VR



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Roger W Yurt, MD FACS
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Roger W Yurt, MD FACS
Phone: 2127465410

Backup Contact:

Angela Rabbitts, RN MS
Phone: 2127465881

Location Contact:

New York, New York 10065
United States

Roger W Yurt, MD FACS
Phone: 212-746-5410

Site Status: Recruiting

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Date Processed: December 08, 2022

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