Feasibility, acceptability, and clinical implementation of an immersive virtual reality intervention to address psychological well-being in children and adolescents with cancer

Tennant, Michelle, McGillivray, Jane, Youssef, George, McCarthy, Maria C. and Clark, Tara-Jane 2020, Feasibility, acceptability, and clinical implementation of an immersive virtual reality intervention to address psychological well-being in children and adolescents with cancer, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 265-277, doi: 10.1177/1043454220917859.

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Title Feasibility, acceptability, and clinical implementation of an immersive virtual reality intervention to address psychological well-being in children and adolescents with cancer
Author(s) Tennant, Michelle
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Youssef, GeorgeORCID iD for Youssef, George orcid.org/0000-0002-6178-4895
McCarthy, Maria C.
Clark, Tara-Jane
Journal name Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Volume number 37
Issue number 4
Start page 265
End page 277
Total pages 13
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2020-07-01
ISSN 1043-4542
1532-8457
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Oncology
Nursing
virtual reality
hospitalization
pediatric oncology
psychological
PAIN-CONTROL
CARE
DISTRACTION
TECHNOLOGY
REHABILITATION
BURN
ACCEPTANCE
RELIEF
Summary Objective: Virtual reality (VR), a novel and highly immersive technology, offers promise in addressing potential psychological impacts of cancer treatments and hospitalization. The primary aim of this study was to examine multiple key user perspectives on the acceptability and feasibility of an Immersive VR therapeutic intervention for use with hospitalized patients with cancer. Secondary aims were to identify issues and opportunities related to the adoption and clinical implementation of VR in pediatric oncology settings. Method: The study was conducted at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Australia. Thirty multidisciplinary oncology health care professionals participated in an initial test of VR intervention usability (Stage 1). Ninety oncology inpatients (7-19 years) and their parent caregivers participated in a pilot randomized controlled study to examine the effectiveness of an Immersive VR therapeutic intervention (Stage 2). This mixed methods study reports Stages 1 and 2 quantitative and qualitative data related to VR feasibility and acceptability. Results: Results indicate favorable perceptions from health care professionals with respect to ease of use and usefulness of VR, and had positive intentions to use it in the future. Parent caregivers reported high acceptability of VR for their hospitalized child. Patients reported high satisfaction of the VR intervention within minimal adverse effects. Barriers and facilitators to VR use with seriously ill children and specific recommendations for content development were elicited. Conclusion: This study shows that there are several potential clinical uses for Immersive VR intervention, beyond medical procedural distraction, to support psychological adjustment to hospitalization and patient quality of life.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1043454220917859
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Field of Research 1110 Nursing
1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
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