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Virtual reality interventions designed to support parents during and throughout the first year after birth: A scoping review

Fallon, V, Davies, SM, Silverio, S and Creagh, L (2024) Virtual reality interventions designed to support parents during and throughout the first year after birth: A scoping review. Digital Health, 10. pp. 1-15. ISSN 2055-2076

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Objective: Virtual reality (VR) has become increasingly popular in clinical and health settings where it has been used for a wide range of purposes. A recent scoping review explored VR applications to assist pregnant women and found that VR was a useful method to be used for a range of different purposes in both pregnancy and labour. However, no such review exists for the period after birth. Method: We aimed to search for studies that used VR to support parents during birth and in the first year postpartum (Population) in different settings (Context), and finally provided data on the characteristics, reported effectiveness and experience of VR interventions (Concept). Two hundred and fifty-one studies were identified, of which ten were eligible. Two authors independently extracted data including study design, participants and results. Results: Findings indicate that VR has been used effectively in this context to alleviate depression anxiety, and multiple domains of pain and to improve childbirth satisfaction. The majority of the studies explored the use of VR technology on outcomes such as pain and anxiety during labour and birth. The studies included used a broad range of VR hardware and software. All of the studies reported positive experiences of using VR. Conclusions: Across these studies, VR was found to be effective in terms of both physiological and psychological outcomes. There are many unexplored maternal and infant focused applications of VR which warrant further investigation as emerging evidence indicates this is becoming an increasingly accessible method to improve maternal and infant health outcomes from pregnancy through to parenthood.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual reality; childbirth; interventions; parents; postpartum; scoping review
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2024 14:36
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 14:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/20552076241245373
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23429
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