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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy as a Treatment Method Against Anxiety Disorders and Depression: A Structured Literature Review
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR). (Medborgarcentrerad hälsa MeCH, Research on Citizen Centered Health (Reacch US))
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR). Department of Public Health, University of Turku, Finland ; Turku University Hospital, Finland. (Medborgarcentrerad hälsa MeCH, Research on Citizen Centered Health (Reacch US))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6648-603X
2023 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 245-269Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mental illness is a growing global health problem affecting individuals and society. In Sweden, the number of people suffering from mental health illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, is increasing and is expected to be one of the largest public health challenges in 2030. As mental illness increases, the area also needs effective forms of treatment. This study aims to investigate if Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) works as a treatment method for adults suffering from anxiety disorders and depression. A structured literature review based on 24 articles found in the databases PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL and PsycInfo. Two reviewers independently reviewed and collectively extracted data from the included articles. The articles have been analyzed by using thematic analysis. The results suggest that Virtual reality exposure therapy can work as an effective treatment method for adults with anxiety disorders. It also indicates that VRET may act as a health-promoting intervention to reduce anxiety disorders, phobias, and depression symptoms. Virtual reality exposure therapy can be an effective treatment method and health-promoting effort against anxiety disorders in adults. An essential factor for the patients who accept VRET as a treatment is the initial information therapists give. 

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2023. Vol. 44, no 4, p. 245-269
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Research on Citizen Centered Health, University of Skövde (Reacch US)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-22491DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2023.2190051ISI: 000970951400001PubMedID: 37075308Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85153381308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-22491DiVA, id: diva2:1754829
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Published online: 19 Apr 2023

CONTACT Omar Hawajri Omar.hawajri@ki.se Department of Neurology, Care Sciences and Society- Division of nursing, Karolinska Institutet, Alfred Nobels allé 23, 141 83 Huddinge, Sweden.

The  author(s) reported there is no funding associated with the work featured in this article.

Available from: 2023-05-04 Created: 2023-05-04 Last updated: 2023-07-14Bibliographically approved

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