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Virtual Reality in Inpatients


Key Inclusion Criteria

  • Inpatient at Cedars-Sinai admitted between Aug. 5, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015
  • At least 18 years old
  • Speaks English
  • Able to understand the goals of the study and provide informed consent

Key Exclusion Criteria

  • Current diagnosis of epilepsy, dementia or other neurological disease that may prevent use of virtual reality hardware and software
  • Sensitivity to flashing light or motion
  • Unable to consent to study due to cognitive difficulty

Full Study Name

The Feasibility, Usability, Acceptability and Clinical Utility of a Virtual Reality Intervention in the Inpatient Setting (IRB no. 39751)


The purpose of this study is to test virtual reality scenarios with Cedars-Sinai inpatients to determine if they enjoy the experience while waiting for procedures or during their hospital stay. Researchers are interested in learning whether the experience reduces patients' pain and anxiety or improves satisfaction with care.

The study is designed to use the Samsung Gear headset to display virtual reality experiences. This device is not currently regulated by the FDA and poses minimal to no risk to patients. Patients will watch up to four virtual reality experiences, each lasting from two to five minutes, for a maximum of 20 minutes.





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Principal Investigator

Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS


Bradley Rosen, MD, MBA, FHM

Amber Howard
Phone: 310-423-6239