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metadata.dc.title: Self-guided virtual reality therapy for social anxiety disorder
Title addition: a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Authors: Hildebrand, Anne Sophie 
Roesmann (Keuper), Kati 
Planert, Jari 
Machulska, Alla 
Otto, Esra 
Klucken, Tim 
Institute: Fakultät V - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät 
Free keywords: Virtual reality, Social anxiety disorder, Behavioral experiments, Exposure, E-health, Application-based therapy
Dewey Decimal Classification: 150 Psychologie
GHBS-Clases: HQN
Issue Date: 2022
Publish Date: 2023
Source: Trials ; 23, article number 395. -
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a highly prevalent mental disorder associated with enormous stress and suffering. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the first-line treatment for SAD, yet its accessibility is often constrained with long waiting times. Digital therapeutic applications, including psychoeducation and self-guided behavioral experiments in virtual reality (VR), could facilitate access and reduce waiting times. The study aims to investigate if ultra-short-time therapy involving self-guided digital therapeutic applications with VR components can reduce the severity of SAD.
Forty SAD patients will participate in this randomized controlled trial. Half will get access to a self-guided, digital therapeutic application with exposure-based behavioral experiments in VR, while the other half will receive a control treatment. Both treatments include four therapeutic appointments. Changes in the severity of SAD will be measured after each appointment and on a 6-week follow-up assessment and will be compared between groups, with the change in SAD measured at baseline- and post-assessment as primary outcome.
Self-guided digital therapeutic applications including ultra-short-time therapy combined with VR could help reduce the waiting time for patients and relieve the health system. The results of this study may inform psychotherapists regarding the potential of self-guided digital therapeutic applications including exposure-based behavioral experiments in VR for SAD and will provide important insight for future research on VR therapy.
Finanziert im Rahmen der DEAL-Verträge durch die Universitätsbibliothek Siegen
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:467-24383
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