Virtual reality as a distraction therapy in obstetrics and gynaecology

Alice Harper, Aparajithan Sivanathan, A. Jordan, Sam Harper, A. Worth, Theodore Lim, Fiona C. Denison

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Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as effective distraction therapy for patients undergoing painful and/or distressing healthcare procedures. Women with current/previous O&G service contact and O&G professionals completed questionnaires. Topics included: i) VR use in clinical settings (e.g. labour, hysteroscopy), ii) hardware (i.e. types of head equipment), and iii) software (i.e. content, audio) options. A consultation meeting was held with women, O&G professionals and VR-technologists to enable real-world insight into VR. 247 questionnaires were completed (90 obstetric and 157 gynaecology). Women were positive about potential VR use in clinical settings. Women are interested in and healthcare professionals largely supportive of the potential for VR as distraction therapy within O&G.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberEP.229
Pages (from-to)98
Number of pages1
JournalBJOG: An International Journal Of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Issue numberS1
Early online date27 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
EventBritish Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society 21st Annual Conference 2019 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Mar 201929 Mar 2019


  • VR
  • Distraction
  • Therapy
  • O&G service


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