Dr Kirrily Ellerton
Dr Rimmer Medres
Dr Harishan Tharmarajah
Dr Amanda Dolphin
Dr Sue McKellar
Assoc Prof Simon Craig
‘The VRIMM study. Virtual reality for immunisation pain: A randomised controlled clinical trial in general practice’
Routine immunisations are the most common reason children experience pain and distress as a result of interacting with a healthcare provider. Various techniques are recommended to reduce this pain and distress, including optimisation of positioning and injection techniques, tactile stimulation, topical anaesthesia and various distraction techniques.
This study seeks to compare, in the setting of a randomised trial, these standard techniques with virtual reality – to reduce the pain and distress experienced by children undergoing routine four-year-old vaccination in a general practice setting.
The project aims to demonstrate the utility of virtual reality for painful minor procedures in the general practice setting. The technology is easily applied to older children/adults undergoing similar procedures, and may reduce the development of needle phobia in later life.