Bethesda, Maryland 20892


Summary: A few studies have explored factors which influence patient-provider communication in a controlled setting. However, more information is needed about how different factors affect communication so that it can be improved. Third- and fourth-year medical students may be eligible for this study. Participants are recruited from the Washington, D.C. area. At the research center, participants will use a virtual reality headset to view a virtual clinic environment and interact with a virtual patient. After interacting with the virtual patient, participants will complete a questionnaire about their experience within the virtual clinic and other research-related information. The total time for the study visit is 60 minutes. Eligibility: Third- and fourth-year medical students at least 18 years of age. You may not take part in the study if you have a history of seizures and/or are pregnant.

Study summary:

This study will investigate research questions regarding factors influencing patient-provider communication. Participants will interact with a virtual patient in a virtual clinical setting. Third- or fourth-year medical students may be eligible for this study. Participants are recruited from the Washington, D.C. area. Study participants will perform one task and complete one set of questions at the study appointment. The task involves viewing a virtual patient s health information and interacting with the virtual patient in a virtual environment clinical scenario. While in the virtual environment, the subject wears a head-mounted video unit that allows him or her to see elements of the environment. The activities in the virtual environment take about 15 minutes. The total time for the study is about 60 minutes.


- INCLUSION CRITERIA: Healthy adult volunteers who are third or fourth-year medical students. Both men and women over age 18 will be eligible for this study (though in practice the age range is likely to naturally be constrained by the typical age of medical students). EXCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) persons with seizure or vestibular disorders; 2) women with known pregnancy; 3) persons who are highly prone to motion sickness; 4) those with low, uncorrected vision or hearing; 5) all current and past employees and contractors of NHGRI; and 6) persons who have received information about the study purpose or procedure from a past participant.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Susan Persky, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Brittany M Hollister
Phone: (301) 402-7696

Backup Contact:

Susan Persky, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 443-0098

Location Contact:

Bethesda, Maryland 20892
United States

Laura Wagner
Phone: 301-443-1272

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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