Accession Number:

ADA576299

Title:

Virtual Reality Goes to War: A Brief Review of the Future of Military Behavioral Healthcare

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TELEHEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY TACOMA WA

Report Date:

2011-05-07

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Numerous reports indicate that the incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD in returning OEFOIF military personnel is creating a significant healthcare challenge. These findings have served to motivate research on how to better develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for PTSD. Virtual Reality delivered exposure therapy for PTSD has been previously used with reports of positive outcomes. This article details how virtual reality applications are being designed and implemented across various points in the military deployment cycle to prevent identify and treat combat-related PTSD in OIFOEF Service Members and Veterans. The summarized projects in these areas have been developed at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, a U.S. Army University Affiliated Research Center, and this paper will detail efforts to use virtual reality to deliver exposure therapy, assess PTSD and cognitive function and provide stress resilience training prior to deployment.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE