Virtual Reality Pain Control During Burn Wound Care (VRPT/H2O/RT)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David R. Patterson, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Identifier:
First received: December 2, 2005
Last updated: April 17, 2013
Last verified: June 2012

Using Virtual Reality as a form of Distraction during Burn Care.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Virtual Reality Distraction
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Use of Virtual Reality for Adjunctive Treatment of Burn Pain

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • We use GRS, McGill to measure the outcome. [ Time Frame: once a day ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 184
Study Start Date: February 2002
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Virtual Reality distraction
Behavioral: Virtual Reality Distraction
Using virtual reality distraction during a procedure

Detailed Description:

The purpose of the study is to investigate the effectiveness of virtual reality (a form of distraction) in order to reduce patients' procedural burn pain.


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able to complete subjective evaluations of pain
  • English-speaking
  • Not demonstrating delirium, psychosis, or any form of Organic Brain Disorder
  • Able to communicate orally

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Incapable of indicating subjective evaluation of pain
  • Non-English-speaking
  • Severe head or neck injury or other medical conditions that prohibit patient from wearing VR helmet
  • Demonstrating delirium, psychosis, or Organic Brain Disorder
  • Unable to communicate verbally
  • Significant developmental disability
  • Extreme susceptibility to motion sickness
  • Reports having no problem with pain during wound care.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00261690

United States, Washington
University of Washington; Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: David R. Patterson, Ph.D. University of Washington
  More Information

Garcia-Palacios, A., Hoffman, H.G., Cain, V., Tininenko, J., Schmidt, A., Villa-Martin, H., and Patterson, D.R., (2004). Using virtual reality to help reduce pain during severe burn wound-care procedures. In MacLachlan, M., and Gallagher, P., Eds Enabling Technologies: Body Image and Body Function. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh England. Hoffman, H.G., Patterson, D.R., Magula, J., Carrougher, G.J. Zeltzer, K. Dagadakis, S., & Sharar, S. R. (2004). Water-friendly virtual reality pain control during wound care. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60, 1-7.

Responsible Party: David R. Patterson, PhD, ABPP. Professor, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Identifier: NCT00261690     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13289-C, R01 GM042725
Study First Received: December 2, 2005
Last Updated: April 17, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS):
Virtual Reality Distraction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on April 15, 2014