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Friday, October 24 • 15:10 - 16:10
Session 7A: Virtual Reality and mHealth Technologies in Clinical and Health Psychology

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The potential and utility of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for psychological treatments been demonstrated in at least the following technological areas: computer-assisted therapy, Virtual Reality (VR) techniques, and using the Internet as treatment support mechanism (Botella et al., 2012). Also, the adoption and use of mobile technologies is growing exponentially. This symposium will present and discuss examples pertaining to two of these areas: VR and mHealth.

Gregg and Tarrier (2007) reviewed the literature on the use of VR in the field of mental health from 1985 to 2006, identifying more than 50 studies referred to VR-based treatments with at least one patient. Seventeen of these studies compared the effectiveness of VR treatment with in vivo exposure, another treatment, or a no treatment control. It was found that although, in general, VR-based therapy proves to be superior to no treatment, it has not yet been shown to be more effective than most often used therapeutic approaches, such as in vivo cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Other reviews have shown more optimism about the advantages of VR-based therapy in the context of several psychopathologies, especially anxiety disorders. In general, these reviews suggest that VR-based interventions are at least as effective as those based on in vivo CBT. Nevertheless, VR has important advantages over traditional interventions because of its higher ecological validity and the higher control of the parameters of the exposure.

While enthusiasm for mHealth interventions is high, little is known yet about their efficacy or effectiveness. Most randomized trials of mHealth interventions have employed text message reminder systems. Some systematic reviews have described evidence for the use of text message reminders to improve attendance at health care appointments and medication adherence for people with chronic illnesses. Clinical trials that measure clinical outcomes are essential in this area.

Abstracts: 0252, 0253, 0254, 0256 

Advances in Augmented Reality for the Treatment of Animal Phobias
J Bretón-López1, M. A. Pérez-Ara1, M Wrzesien1, B Serrano1, Rosa Banos1, E Del Rio1, Cristina Botella1,  1Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain, 2University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Development of VR-based software for binge eating behavior treatment: Preliminary data
Marta Ferrer-Garcia1, Jose Guitierrez-Maldonado1,  1University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Application of cue exposure treatment through virtual reality for cigarette craving
Irene Pericot-Valverde1, Olaya García-Rodríguez1, Roberto Secades-Villa1, Jose Guitierrez-Maldonado2,  1University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain, 2University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

mHealth for the management of chronic pain in youth. The case of Fibroline
Jordi Miró1, Rocio de la Vega1, Roman Roset1,  1Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain


Friday October 24, 2014 15:10 - 16:10 CEST
Room: PARANINFO Universitat de València - C/ de la Universitat, 2, Valencia

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