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Pain is a complex phenomenon that affects millions every day and is frequently associated with activity restriction and decreases in psycho-social health. Studies have shown that opioids alone cannot eliminate all the difficulties that are associated with chronic pain, demonstrating a dire need to consider safer and more effective alternatives. Furthermore, given the impact of chronic pain on an individual’s ability to perform valued activities, and therefore overall well-being and quality of life, occupational therapy must be considered an essential member of any pain management team. Thus, there may be potential benefits to reviewing the use of virtual reality (VR) in conjunction with occupational therapy services for individuals with chronic pain. The purpose of this capstone project is to determine the appropriate and potential role of VR for pain management within the scope of occupational therapy practice.
Medical Subject Headings
Occupational Therapy, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Virtual Reality
Quach, Johnathan; Cohill, Becki; and MacDermott, Susan, "Occupational Therapy’s Role in Pain Management using Virtual Reality" (2020). Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, Spring 2020. 4.