VR program improved symptoms of agoraphobia by 50% | WCP


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Takeaway

  • The use of a virtual reality (VR) program resulted in an improvement of 50% in the symptoms of agoraphobia. 

Why this matters

  • The results correspond to findings in other countries about the effectiveness of VR. 

Study design

  • The sample consisted of 15 patients of both sexes who had both clinical and Agoraphobia Scales diagnoses of agoraphobia.
  • Participants were exposed to environments generated by the Psious platform for the therapeutic application of VR.
  • Investigators recorded skin conductance and subjective units of distress (SUDS) while the patient was exposed to a virtual environment designed to provoke anxiety.
  • Measurements were taken during five sessions. 

Key results

  • 14 patients improved more than 50%.
  • Cybersickness was observed in only one patient.
  • The results correspond to findings in other countries about the effectiveness of VR therapy.