The effect of virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) on social participation in people with a psychotic disorder: A multi-site randomized controlled trial (Symposium)

Pot-Kolder, R., Veling, W., Counotte, J., Van Os, J. & Van Der Gaag, M., 2-Jan-2016, In : Journal of Cyber Therapy and Rehabilitation. 9, 1, p. 19-22 4 p.

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A large number of patients with a psychotic disorder live a life of limited participation in society, even if their psychotic symptoms have been treated successfully. An important factor in sustaining social isolation is that when social anxiety and distrust increase, the patient has learned to flee the situation and as a consequence experiences a reduction in anxiety. In this study we study the use of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) to enhance social participation and wellbeing for patients suffering from a psychotic disorder and social withdrawal. The study design is a single blind RCT with three-month follow-up. The VRET.P treatment consists of sixteen treatment sessions of sixty minutes each, within an eight-week timeframe. Social participation was measured by the PsyMate Experience Sampling Method before and at end of treatment, and at three-month follow-up. One hundred and sixteen participants were included in the study. Fifty-eight participants received the VRET.P treatment right away. The other fiftyeight participants received treatment as usual during the study, and were offered the VRET.P treatment after the follow-up measurement. We have finished data collection for the study; the last follow-up measurements have taken place in December 2015. We will be able to present the results of the study in June 2016 on the conference. Clinical implications and limitations of the results and the study will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cyber Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jan-2016


  • clinical trial, controlled clinical trial, controlled study, drug withdrawal, follow up, human, information processing, major clinical study, psychosis, psychosocial withdrawal, randomized controlled trial, single blind procedure, social participation, study design, virtual reality exposure therapy, wellbeing

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