Immersive virtual reality in a northern Queensland haemodialysis unit: Study protocol for a cross-over randomised controlled feasibility trial (ACTRN12621000732886)

Smyth, Wendy, McArdle, Joleen, Body-Dempsey, John, Manickam, Valli, Swinbourne, Anne, Lee, Ickjai, Holdsworth, Jason, Omonaiye, Olumuyiwa, and Nagle, Cate (2022) Immersive virtual reality in a northern Queensland haemodialysis unit: Study protocol for a cross-over randomised controlled feasibility trial (ACTRN12621000732886). Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 28. 100956.

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Abstract

Introduction: Despite being a life-preserving medical treatment, the demands of haemodialysis are a significant impost on individuals, posing considerable burdens on their work, vocational activities and involvement with family and community.

This manuscript describes the protocol for a cross-over randomised controlled feasibility trial that will explore the impact of an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience for patients attending a northern Queensland Australia haemodialysis service and provide information to inform a future multi-centre randomised controlled trial (RCT).

Methods: Participants in the trial will be patients who undergo haemodialysis three times/week at one of two dialysis units. During the 4-week intervention period (12 haemodialysis sessions), participants will be provided a headset with vision representative of the natural environment, and with audio. The 4-week control period will comprise usual activities, such as watching television, reading and sleeping. Outcomes will be measured by participants’: attendance at scheduled dialysis sessions; adherence to lifestyle modifications; wellbeing, anxiety and depression; acceptability and usability of VR; and adverse events such as nausea. The feasibility and acceptability of the intervention from the clinicians’ perspectives will also be explored.

Discussion: To our knowledge this is the first RCT in Australia investigating the impact of an immersive VR experience for patients receiving haemodialysis.Trial registration: ACTRN12621000732886.

Item ID: 71307
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2451-8654
Copyright Information: Crown Copyright © 2022 Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2022 07:08
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