A systematic review of the effectiveness of virtual reality therapy in treating psychotic disorders

Poster B54, Tuesday, October 9, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Essex Ballroom

Farah Elahi1, Andrew Thompson1, Jennifer Martin2, Bethan Davies2, Latoya Clarke1, Chris Hollis2; 1University of Warwick, 2University of Nottingham

Rationale: Over the last few decades, virtual reality (VR) interventions have been implemented in the treatment of clinical populations with psychosis. Methods: This systematic review will be undertaken to analyse the effectiveness of VR (i.e. augmented VR, immersive VR, virtual worlds, cave) in the treatment of those diagnosed with psychosis. It will also address the areas of unmet need within this particular population and in the technology being implemented. The mainstream databases that will be searched include Web of Science, Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Scopus and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. The grey literature will also be searched to assess its eligibility. The outcomes to be reviewed include the type of VR treatment provided; the deficits targeted in those diagnosed with psychosis, as well as quality of life and other mental health symptoms/conditions. Results: The analyses will be presented outlining the themes relating to the use of VR as a method of delivering treatment to those diagnosed with psychosis. Conclusion: It is expected that the findings will help to provide recommendations for future research. This systematic review protocol will be submitted to the PROSPERO register.

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