Virtual reality as a distraction technique for children requiring procedural sedation
Why this study

A proportion of children have severe needle phobia that prevents completion of their immunisation schedule, putting them at risk of vaccine preventable diseases. At present, these patients attend multiple clinical appointments and receive premedication or sedating medical agents to assist with vaccination. The introduction of non-pharmacological means of reducing peri-procedural anxiety may decrease the need for medical intervention, enhancing patient and parent experience. 

What do we want to achieve

Determine if the use of virtual and augmented reality applications can remove the need for pre-medication for their routine immunisations. 

How are we doing it

Children with existing needle phobia are recruited to design their own augmented reality experience and use this during their planned immunisations at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Where are we up to


Last updated October 2020