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14 June 2011

Virtual reality eases pain in elderly patients

Distracting patients by immersing them in a virtual world appears to reduce pain, even in the elderly, a new study found.

Distracting patients by immersing them in a virtual world appears to reduce pain, even in the elderly, a new study found.

In the analgesic experiment, 25 adults age 60 and older were randomised to either a low-immersion or a high-immersion VR environment, using a program called SnowWorld.

 
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