Benefits of Virtual Reality in Healthcare
Using virtual reality in the therapy sessions benefits mental health professionals by offering them the opportunity to reproduce real-life scenarios and even adapt and control these environments to meet a client’s individual needs.
The use of VR in psychology has shown to be highly beneficial to therapists, patients, and mental health providers.
More than three decades of controlled studies have proven the benefits of VR technology in mental health counseling.
Preferred by patients
Scientific research has shown higher attrition for patients using traditional exposure techniques. A study by García-Palacios et al. (2007) showed that 27% of patients suffering from a specific phobia rejected using in vivo exposure therapy, considering it overly intense. Comparatively, only 3% of patients in the study refused VR exposure therapy. Amelia Virtual Care’s VR platform helps to create a more conducive environment and carry out mental health therapy sessions.
Gives greater control
Amelia Virtual Care’s VR platform allows healthcare providers to control the environment to meet the specific needs of each individual patient.
In a study by Maples-Keller et al. (2017) the literature analyzed by the authors has shown low dropout rates among patients and suggest VR’s high acceptability.
Reduces costs and time
Finding the right environment and the right time of the day to conduct in vivo exposure can incur significant logistic and financial costs to therapists. Amelia Virtual Care’s VR software eliminates this problem by giving therapists complete freedom to control the environment according to their own professional judgment of their patient’s characteristics and needs.
There's no need for the patient and therapist to leave the consultation as with traditional in vivo exposure therapies.
More personalized treatment
Using virtual reality technology in the therapy sessions benefits mental health professionals as it allows them to repeat scenes as many times as necessary to help the patient. Amelia Virtual Care’s VR platform also removes any issues of interference or uncontrollable variables that may happen in a real-world setting, since the environment is completely controlled.