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Accession Number ADA564087
Title Importance of Virtual Reality to a Controlled Stimulus.
Publication Date Oct 2009
Media Count 6p
Personal Author R. McLay
Abstract This study is a follow up to two projects, funded by the Office of Naval Research, which demonstrated that Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy was safe and effective for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Service Members who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and that it worked better than treatment as usual. In this study, we are attempting to discover if the Virtual Realty is actually the active component of the treatment. Participants with PTSD are randomized to receive the same treatment that was successful in the previous projects, or the same treatment in which a simple, still computer image replaces the Virtual Reality. Progress on the grant was initially delayed pending secondary review from the Department of the Navy, and approval to recruit from TATRC. During the intervening period, we performed clinical cases using the VR to train therapists, registered the project with, upgrade our software, and establishing recruiting pools. Several volunteer therapists and technicians were recruited to assist the project. We received approval in September 2009, and are now running with 8 patients enrolled in the first 10 week block of treatment. We have also gone through annual review for our IRB, and have been approved for our second year. We anticipate our post treatment assessments being completed in early November 2009.
Keywords Anxiety
Clinical medicine
Exposure therapy
Order disorder transformations
Post traumatic stress disorder
Test and evaluation
Virtual reality

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
57E - Clinical Medicine
Corporate Author Geneva Foundation, Lakewood, WA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Annual rept. 25 Sep 2008-24 Sep 2009.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number W81XWH-08-1-0755

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