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Virtual reality-based relaxation for enhancement of perioperative well-being and quality of life: Protocol for a randomised pilot trial

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  • Matthias Christian Schrempf
  • Julian Quirin Petzold
  • Hugo Vachon
  • Morten Aagaard Petersen
  • Johanna Gutschon
  • Sebastian Wolf
  • Florian Sommer
  • Marcus Murnauer
  • Matthias Anthuber
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Introduction Patients with cancer undergoing surgery often suffer from reduced quality of life and various forms of distress. Untreated distress can negatively affect coping resources as well as surgical and oncological outcomes. A virtual reality-based stress reduction intervention may increase quality of life and well-being and reduce distress in the perioperative phase for patients with cancer. This pilot trial aims to explore the feasibility of the proposed intervention, assess patient acceptability and obtain estimates of effect to provide data for sample size calculations. Methods and analysis Patients with colorectal cancer and liver metastasis undergoing elective surgery will be recruited for this single-centre, randomised pilot trial with a three-arm design. A total of 54 participants will be randomised at 1:1:1 ratio to one of two intervention groups or a control receiving standard treatment. Those randomised to an intervention group will either receive perioperative virtual reality-based stress reduction exercises twice daily or listen to classical music twice daily. Primary feasibility outcomes are number and proportions of participants recruited, screened, consented and randomised. Furthermore, adherence to the intervention, compliance with the completion of the quality of life questionnaires and feasibility of implementing the trial procedures will be assessed. Secondary clinical outcomes are measurements of the effectiveness of the interventions to inform sample size calculations. Ethics and dissemination The study protocol, the patient information and the informed consent form have been approved by the ethics committee of the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (Reference Number: 19-915). Study findings will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Trial registration number DRKS00020909.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere044193
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)e044193
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2021

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    Research areas

  • colorectal surgery, oncology, surgery, Pilot Projects, Humans, Quality of Life, Surveys and Questionnaires, Germany, Virtual Reality, Feasibility Studies, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic

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