Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Treat Pediatric Anxiety

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Feb 28, 2022
  • participants needed
    20
  • sponsor
    Johns Hopkins University
Updated on 31 July 2021
anxiety
exposure therapy
phobia

Summary

Anxiety is a common and impairing problem for children. The principle treatment for pediatric anxiety involves facing a child's fears in a stepwise approach through a therapeutic exercise called exposures. While exposures are effective, some feared situations cannot be confronted in a clinician's office (e.g., heights, public speaking, storms). This poses a logistical challenge in treatment that: (1) takes time away from patient care, (2) leads clinicians to rely on imagined exposures, and/or (3) requires families to complete exposures outside of the therapy visits. This creates a burden for clinicians and families, and impedes treatment success. Immersive virtual reality (VR) presents an innovative solution that allows children to face fears without leaving the clinician's office. While VR has been used to distract children during painful medical procedures, it has not been well examined as a primary treatment for pediatric anxiety. This study proposes to examine the effectiveness and acceptability of using immersive VR exposures to treat children and adolescents with specific phobias.

Details
Condition Specific Phobia, Childhood Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, Situational, Specific Phobia, Animal, Specific Phobia, Natural Environment, Specific Phobia, Situational, Specific Phobia, Animal, Specific Phobia, Natural Environment, Specific Phobia, Situational, Specific Phobia, Animal, Specific Phobia, Natural Environment, Specific Phobia, Situational, Specific Phobia, Animal, Specific Phobia, Natural Environment, Specific Phobia, Situational, Specific Phobia, Animal, Specific Phobia, Natural Environment
Treatment Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04504773
SponsorJohns Hopkins University
Last Modified on31 July 2021

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Inclusion Criteria

-17 years (inclusive)
meet diagnostic criteria for one or more phobias on a structured diagnostic interview (ADIS-C/P). This specifically includes natural environments (e.g., storms, heights) and/or situational settings (e.g., airplanes, public speaking)
be fluent in English

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unable to complete rating scales, or
attend study visits
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