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Virtual Reality Reduces Pain, Anxiety in Children

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Engaging in virtual reality can significantly reduce pain and anxiety in children undergoing intravenous catheter placement, suggest the findings of a new study.

The findings of the study were published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

It isn't a matter of one needle puncture. Many children coming through the doors of Children's Hospital Los Angeles are seen for chronic conditions and often require frequent visits.

Painful procedures -- like a blood draw or catheter placement -- can cause anxiety and fear in patients. The study has shown that virtual reality can decrease pain and anxiety ...