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Research question: XXXX
Institute: University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)
Researchers: Dr. Wim Veling
Start of the research: 2015
Current status: Publication pending

UMCGIn 2018, patients from the psychiatric ward of the UMCG participated in a pilot study. Their feedback was that Virtual Reality is a suitable method to help relaxation. They would welcome more content, so patients can decide for themselves which environment they want to escape to. Interactivity was also highly noted. March 2018 saw the start of new research. Psychiatric patients will start watching the Wild Dolphin VR content from the comfort of their own home for ten consecutive days. They could swim with the dolphins as often as they desired. Next to the relaxing content, they will receive ten days of basic relaxation exercises. This way, we can compare the effect of both methods. In 2019, we want to expand the study to different focus groups. 

'S Heeren Loo

‘S Heerenloo

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Research question: XXXX
Institute: ‘S Heeren Loo
Start of the research: 2018
Current status: Publication Pending

's Heeren Loo

Image: ‘S Heeren Loo

Early 2019 the latest study with 50 patients shows a very positive outcome of treatment by Virtual Reality compared by regular, validated relaxation exercises. The outcome of this study will be published later in 2019.

‘s Heeren Loo, a Dutch mental health institution, dedicated to the lifelong support of over 10,000 clients with a mental disorder conducted a study with mild mentally disabled patients, suffering from severe stress complaints. Although the number of patients was rather small (below 15) the outcome was beyond expectations, showing that in 82% of the cases there was a significant improvement in relaxation and well-being realized. The individual stories of some of the participants were overwhelming, and an extra motivation for both the crew of the Dolphin Swim Club and the medical staff of ‘s Heeren Loo to intensify the collaboration by installing a dolphin-room at the premises, as well as providing the Wild Dolphin UnderwaterVR in various aqua therapies.

Stanford Chariot Program

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Research qeustion: Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology
Institute: The CHARIOT Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Researchers: Samuel Rodriguez (MD), Thomas Curaso (MD, MEd), Stephanie Chao (MD), Ellen Wang (MD), Laura Simons (PhD), Linda Anh Nguyen (MD), Ana Vanessa Wren (PhD), Christine Be (MS, CCLS), Molly Pearson (CCLS), Veronica Tuss (MS, CCLS)
Start of the research: XXXX
Current status: XXXX

The CHARIOT team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford knows that undergoing surgery, anaesthesia and procedures can be especially stressful for children. The goal of the program is to implement new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children in an effort to engage and distract them during these times. The focus is on taking existing technologies and creating new ones to address the unique needs of individual patients.

The Stanford environment offers a unique opportunity to create a team of physicians, engineers, researchers and child life professionals. The team is currently piloting virtual reality experiences such as swimming with Wild Dolphins, new tablet-based apps and interactive bedside projector-based games.

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