Using Virtual Reality for Patients With Gastrointestinal Disease

Study Purpose

The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the effect and impact of a technology which creates a virtual reality (VR), personalized representation of a patient's endoscopic findings in comparison our standard practice (SP). Our study will compare the level of knowledge, understanding and satisfaction the patient and family have between those receiving SP and those receiving both SP and VR.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 8 Years - 25 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients aged 8-25 years of age who are willing and able to participate - Patients who recently had an endoscopic procedure at Boston Children's Hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients who are unable to provide consent due to age or developmental status

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Boston Children’s Hospital
Principal Investigator

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Principal Investigator Affiliation N/A
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Gastrointestinal Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Arms & Interventions


Placebo Comparator: Standard Practice

Patients and families will be shown images of their endoscopic procedure per standard practice.

Experimental: Virtual Reality

Patients and families will be showed the results of their endoscopic procedure via a virtual reality application called HealthVoyager, in addition to standard practice images.


Other: - HealthVoyager

HealthVoyager is a virtual reality application that allows providers to create customized representations for patients and share the results of endoscopic procedures via an interactive platform. The app can show both normal and abnormal endoscopic findings and anatomy. Families will also receive a web link so that they may access the procedure results via the app at home on their smartphone or tablet.

Other: - Standard Practice

Patients and families will receive handouts with printed images of their endoscopic findings, as per standard practice at Boston Children's Hospital.

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Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts




Boston Children's Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts, 02115

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McKenzie M Leier, BA


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