Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Acrophobia

  • End date
    Jun 4, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic
Updated on 4 August 2021


The aim of this study is to examine the efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) as a treatment for specific phobia (acrophobia). The study will randomly assign 42 participants with acrophobia to one of two conditions: a) the experimental condition (consisting of 3 sessions of virtual reality exposure) or b) a control condition. Both groups will receive short information session about general principles of exposure therapy before the start of the study. After the end of the study, the waitlist group will be invited to attend the short version (one or two-sessions) of the VRET. Both groups will receive a final follow-up questionnaires 2 months after the last session.

Condition ANXIETY NEUROSIS, Specific Phobia, Acrophobia, Anxiety Disorders, anxiety disorder
Treatment Exposure Therapy (Virtual Reality), Information Session
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04975854
SponsorNational Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic
Last Modified on4 August 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

individual meeting ICD-10 criteria for diagnosis of specific phobia
fluent in Czech

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currently receiving psychological treatment for acrophobia
psychotropic medication (unless on stable dosage for the previous 1 month and stabilized for the duration of the study)
another severe mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder or psychotic disorder
contradictions to using a virtual reality (e.g., epilepsy, balance problems)
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