The use of virtual reality in non-burn dermatological care–a review of the literature

Haleigh E. Harper, Penelope A. Hirt, Hadar Lev-Tov

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Aim: Virtual Reality (VR) is the artificial depiction of a three-dimensional (3D) environment using computer-generated technology which allows users to interact with a simulated setting. VR has been used in a variety of clinical scenarios due to its efficacy as a distraction intervention, reducing anxiety and pain associated with medical procedures. The aim of this review is to provide clinicians with an overview of VR use in clinical dermatology. Methods: A search on VR use in clinical dermatology was conducted using PubMed Medline, Embase, Cochrane, Google Scholar and ClinicalTrials.Gov in July 2019. Results related to burn care were excluded. Results: This review identifies studies that utilized VR in the management of skin diseases and discusses considerations for its future use. Conclusion: The findings of these studies indicate that VR has beneficial effects as a complementary tool in the treatment of dermatological conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dermatological Treatment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Virtual reality
  • dermatology
  • distraction
  • pain
  • stress
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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