Virtual Reality Clinical Study
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) is conducting a randomized clinical trial comparing Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) to traditional Prolonged Exposure (PE) in the treatment of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Soldiers previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program
Returning Soldiers diagnosed with PTSD are randomized to receive 10 sessions of either VRET or PE or a wait-list control group. The study will compare the efficacy of the two treatments. Perceptions of stigma, patient satisfaction, and treatment adherence will also be evaluated for the two treatments.
The investigators hope that Soldiers will find the gaming aspect of VRET appealing and mitigate the stigma sometimes associated with seeking help. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Madigan Army Medical Center. In addition, the study has been extended to Soldiers at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
T2's clinical trial is described in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program booklet, published in January, 2011.
Click on the links below to see the original article describing T2's part in the study, or to view the entire CDMRP booklet.
RCT VR vs. PE is sponsored by the Department of the Army, W81XWH-08-2-0015. The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, 820 Chandler Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5014 is the awarding and administering acquisition office.