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Research Study: The use of virtual reality for stress and anxiety management in Critical Care

We are recruiting a patient partner to help advise on a research study examining the use of a virtual reality (VR) device to help manage stress and anxiety in critically ill patients in the level 2 ICUs.

You can help if you have experience as an inpatient in an Intensive Care Unit for greater than 7 days.

Role:

The patient partner will assist by:

  1. Trying on the VR device, and viewing a "virtual" scene from nature, such as a tropical beach, quiet forest, or calming waterfall
  2. Providing feedback on comfort, enjoyment, and any adverse effects caused;
  3. Helping to inform changes/modifications to the intervention;
  4. Helping to inform our study design, research objectives, study questions, and outcomes measures.

Time commitment:

  • Before meeting with our team, there may be some preliminary background materials for you to review.
  • Partners will then be invited to attend a meeting with our team where you will try the virtual reality device and discuss your thoughts on the study with our team.
  • The date and time of the meeting are flexible.
  • You will be compensated for the cost of your parking or transit fare.

Participate:

For more information or to express interest in participating, please contact Laurie Legere, Manager Engagement and Health Equity. Email laurie.legere@sunnybrook.ca or call 437.999.9029.

Please include “Virtual reality for stress and anxiety management in Critical Care” in the subject line of your email.