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Advances and Tendencies: A Review of Recent Studies on Virtual Reality for Pain Management

  • Zhejun Liu
  • Sijia Wangluo
  • Hua DongEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9740)

Abstract

In the progress of civilization, humans have developed various ways of pain management. Virtual reality (VR in short), a technology to create an illusion of presence in cyberspace is a new addition to this inventory. Because of its immersive and distractive nature, researchers believe that VR may be safer and more effective than traditional analgesic methods. There has been a number of studies in this field and the interest continues to grow. In order to summarize achievements obtained so far and figure out gaps for future research possibilities, by reviewing more than 100 articles, this article try to point out novel or unusual research perspectives so as to suggest future research possibilities.

Keywords

Virtual reality VR Pain management Literature review 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This article is a part of the results from the interdisciplinary research project “Arts and Wellbeing” supported by Tongji University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Arts and MediaTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.College of Design and InnovationTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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