In virtual reality, one alternative to opioids

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In virtual reality, one alternative to opioids

August 31, 2017

Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as a therapy in a variety of medical fields, and is now being used to control pain. SnowWorld, a VR game, was developed by UW Medicine Drs. Hunter Hoffman, a research scientist, and David Patterson, a psychologist. The two pioneered the technique of using immersive virtual reality to distract people during painful medical procedures. 

“Logic says that pain requires attention, and for some reason, going into the computer world takes a lot of attentional resources,” Hoffman said. 

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