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The objective of this study is to compare the effectiveness of an immersive virtual reality (VR)-based education program with the form of patient education commonly provided by clinics (e.g. an educational video) at delivering education to breast cancer patients as they prepare for radiation therapy treatment. Self-evaluation questionnaires completed by participants will be used to measure changes in informational needs and anxiety, stress, preparedness and satisfaction levels pre/post education between the VR-based education and video education groups in this study.
Approximately 45 percent of breast cancer patients experience anxiety, potentially even reaching levels that are considered clinically-relevant. Prior research in this area has described the informational needs of breast cancer patients at different time points as they proceed through the radiotherapy treatment process. Of high importance seems to be addressing patients' informational needs through sensory and procedural information as a mechanism of anxiety reduction.
The study team created an immersive VR-based education program that enables breast cancer patients to experience the procedure and emotions associated with radiation therapy prior to their actual treatment by offering controlled virtual exposure to the clinical environments involved in the treatment process. An educational video on the process of receiving radiation therapy is considered standard education at the majority of the clinical sites involved in this study.
Participants enrolled in this study will be randomly assigned to either the VR-based education group or the video education group.
Participation in this project will provide insight into aspects of patient education that are most effective at reducing anxiety and stress levels and meeting patients' informational needs when undergoing radiation therapy treatment.
Video Education, VR-based Education
Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin
Not yet recruiting
Medical College of Wisconsin
Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-07-28T13:28:54-0400
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