Aches and Pains? Goodbye Medication, Hello VR

We Asked

Virtual Reality (VR) technology and headsets can immerse people in 3D virtual environments and because of this distraction, VR has been successfully used for pain management. If your child had a painful injury or malady, to what extent would you prefer their pediatrician recommend VR pain therapy instead of medication?

Millennial Parents Said

Most Millennial parents would prefer their pediatricians prescribe VR pain therapy instead of medication to their Alpha children.

A significant majority of Millennial parents surveyed globally would prefer their pediatrician to recommend VR pain therapy instead of medication to alleviate their child’s pain (China: 97%; India: 96%; Brazil: 90%; U.K: 82%; U.S: 79%). In addition, some parents “strongly” prefer their pediatrician to recommend VR pain therapy instead of pain medication including those in India (75%), China (58%) and Brazil (45%), but only one-third of parents in both the U.S and U.K.

“Finding effective non-medicinal interventions for children could help change the face of pediatric medicine – as well as potentially for adults. Non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment using VR will give pediatricians and parents alternatives to traditional therapies.”

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