oVRcome - Self Guided Virtual Reality for Social Anxiety Disorder. A Randomised Controlled Trial.

  • End date
    Oct 10, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Otago
Updated on 28 October 2022


Social anxiety is characterised by excessive fear of being negatively judged, embarrassed or humiliated during social interactions and is common with a lifetime prevalence of 12.1%. Cognitive behavioural therapy is the first line of treatment, but people may not seek treatment due to a number of factors including the discomfort experienced in seeking help, inconvenience, and the experience of psychotherapy itself. With Virtual Reality (VR), users can have increased control in how gradually they expose themselves to social situations. In studies of VR in people with specific phobias, 76% of people prefer VR exposure to in vivo exposure. There is emerging evidence for the use of VR in social phobia.

oVRcome, is a self-help VRET for social anxiety symptoms and specific phobias, that is delivered through a smartphone application (app) in combination with a low cost headset that holds the smartphone and uses 360º video.

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of the oVRcome social anxiety program for social anxiety symptoms. We hypothesize that oVRcome will reduce social anxiety symptom severity over a 6-week treatment period compared to waiting-list control

Condition Social Anxiety
Treatment oVRcome phone app with headset
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05576259
SponsorUniversity of Otago
Last Modified on28 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

are between 18-64 years old
have moderate (or higher) social anxiety disorder symptoms on Liebowitz social anxiety scale (>60)
have access to a smart phone and internet
willing to participate in the research study and providing informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

present with symptoms of severe depression or suicidality respectively as measured with the PHQ-9; total score > 19, =3 on suicidality item
have insufficient knowledge of the English language
are under current treatment for social phobia or psychotropic medication (unless on stable dosage for the previous 3 months and no changes planned during the study period)
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