2022, Cilt 9, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 109-114
Using Virtual Reality in Procedural Pain Management
Esra DOĞAN YILMAZ1, Nigar ÜNLÜSOY DİNÇER2
1Arş. Gör. Dr., Kırıkkale Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Hemşirelik Esasları Anabilim Dalı, Kırıkkale, Türkiye
2Dr. Öğr. Üyesi, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimler Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Ankara, Türkiye
Keywords: Pain, pain management, procedural pain, simulation, virtual reality

Many medical diagnostic and treatment procedures cause acute pain that is very uncomfortable for the individual. The pain experienced during medical procedures is called procedural pain, and it is among the factors that play a role in individuals' acceptance or rejection of these procedures. Procedural pain can also lead to anxiety and, if not controlled, can have negative consequences for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is vital to control the pain experienced in these procedures, which are essential in the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Along with the developments in technology, the use of virtual reality technology, which is a computer technology that creates a three-dimensional simulated virtual environment in pain management, has also become widespread. With virtual reality, individuals feel as if they are in the prepared virtual environment by completely getting away from the environment they are in. Virtual reality is used during medical procedures to divert the patient's attention from the procedure, reduce sensitivity to pain and increase tolerance. This article was prepared with the traditional review method to examine the use of virtual reality in procedural pain management by reviewing some studies.